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FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
SUBJECT: REVIEW RESULTS OF WESTSIDE PILOT AREA SURVEY
Review the results of the Westside pilot area survey proposing trash and recycling day changes, and direct staff to take needed action.
There are two streets, Browndeer Lane and Elkridge Drive, in the Westside pilot area with lots both in RPV and RHE. Waste Management services both cities in that area, on different days, but with the same automated trucks and similar trash and recycling carts. The RPV side is serviced on Tuesday/Friday, and RHE side is serviced on Wednesday. Seven trucks pass through (2 on Tuesday for RPV, 3 on Wednesday for RHE, and 2 on Friday for RPV). Therefore, trucks are in the area 3 days a week, and the border streets have containers/carts at the curb for several days at a time.
On February 7, 2006, the City Council directed staff to send out surveys to the residents of seven streets in the Westside pilot automated trash and recycling program area. The streets were: Browndeer and Elkridge (the two border streets), and the connecting streets of Littlewood, Larchbluff, Elmbridge, Lone Valley and Oaklon.
The survey proposed collection day changes to residents of those streets. It asked those residents if they would agree to change their current Tuesday/Friday collection to a Wednesday/Saturday collection. Additionally, it proposed having 3 pickups (Trash, recycling and green waste) on Wednesday, and only trash on Friday. That would make the Wednesday collection between the RPV and RHE homes similar. The rest of the Westside area was to remain on a Tuesday/Friday schedule.
SUGGESTED SCHEDULE CHANGES
City Current Schedule Proposed Schedule
On March 16, 2006, 173 surveys were mailed out (copy attached). The City provided prepaid return envelopes to facilitate responses. To date the City received 121 responses (or a 69% response rate). From the total received 66 agreed to the proposed collection date change and 55 did not agree, with one resident agreeing to both options. The responses represent a 55% to 45% split.
Listed below is a breakdown by street:
B) Five Adjacent Streets
TOTAL 66 55 121 173 54% 46% 69%
As the survey results show, the majority (67%) of the two border streets (Browndeer and Elkridge) would agree to a change. However, the majority (61%) of the adjacent streets do not agree to a change.
Resident Comments: Some residents wrote comments on their returned surveys. (See attached). They are summarized in the following:
No, do not change:
The City could propose a change in collection days to Wednesday/Saturday or Wednesday/Friday on only the two border streets of Browndeer and Elkridge. Those streets are impacted the most, and the majority of the respondents from those two streets were agreeable to the change.
Staff requests the City Council review and consider the responses to the survey, and determine if any change/action should be pursued.
There is no fiscal impact if collection days do not change.
Attachments: Survey Comments and copy of letter/survey