Other action at the Redding City Council’s July 16 meeting

City of Redding photo shows incorrect garbage filling.

In other action at the Redding City Council’s July 16 meeting, the council:

Voted 3-2 to approve a three-year agreement with the Shasta County Arts Council to operate the city’s public access TV channels, which are carried by Charter cable. The vote, with council members Patrick Jones and Gary Cadd dissenting, brought to an end the tumultuous transition from the channels’ previous operator, Redding Community Access Corporation (RCAC), to the arts council.

The public access TV channels 8, 11 and 26 are paid for by fees Redding collects from Charter under the cable provider’s franchise agreement with the city. Those fees amount to about $70,000 a year.

RCAC’s operation of the access channels was called into question over management issues and the city invited interested groups to submit proposals. The Shasta County Arts Council, under the direction of Executive Director Debra Lucero, was selected in March. The previous agreement allowed RCAC to keep the equipment it had purchased over the years.

As part of the agreement, the city will advance the arts council $50,000 in franchise fees to help the nonprofit organization establish a TV studio in Old City Hall that the public can use to produce programs for Channel 11.

In explaining his objection, Councilman Cadd said he wanted to ensure the new contract protects the public and prevents another situation where the city loses control of equipment purchased with the Charter fees.

— Voted 5-0 to shelve further discussion on a proposal to switch the collection schedule of curbside recycling and green waste bins from weekly to every other week. In February, the council asked the Solid Waste Division to study the switch to biweekly pickup with the goal of reducing wear and tear on residential streets from the heavy garbage trucks.

Paul Clemens, a utilities manager in the Solid Waste Division, said the switch to biweekly service would reduce the heavy truck trips by 30 percent for a savings of approximately $251,000 in street maintenance costs.

On the flip side, however, Clemens said there would be fewer trucks, but they would be carrying heavier loads. In addition, customers faced with full recycling and green waste bins would be likely to start putting that material in their gray garbage bins and ultimately using up more valuable landfill capacity.

In the end, councilors agreed the potential cost savings were not enough to offset customer complaints and the potential lack of compliance with the city’s ambitious recycling program.

Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.

 

 

Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.
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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Handouts Don't says:

    I can't see how we can justify recycle collection every single week.

    Do people have that much recycle garbage to justify this?

  2. Avatar RichardButtKiss says:

    Out at Barnes and Nobel soon, "Recycling For Dummies."

  3. Avatar Handouts Don't says:

    They should have tried the every other week recycle for a test period and in a couple of test neighborhoods. Maybe 6 months and see how things went.

  4. Avatar `AJacoby says:

    Not a bad idea, HDH.

  5. Avatar Magnolia Neighborhoo says:

    Didn't hear of a plan to reduce fees, just a plan to reduce services.

    Live within your means, REU, just like your customers have to do!

    How about the idea of small business-independent contractors, with lighter vehicles, hauling recyclables on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis? People need jobs. Of course, REU's administration costs of such a program would be a factor. REU's sale of their loud, big, heavy clunky trucks to another municipality could generate some dollars, too. Or REU's purchase of more efficient, lighter vehicles might be a thought.

    Thank you City Council for your willingness to make a decision in this case.