Wednesday, August 11, 2010

No Trash Talking On City Council

Yesterday, I blogged about the Richardson City Council's decision to approve a special permit to build an independent-living senior apartment complex in northwest Richardson, despite opposition from some neighbors. I complimented the city council on how the issue was handled. There is another LULU issue in Richardson that so far has not been a shining example of representative democracy in action.

After the jump, trash talking in Richardson.

Neighbors of the trash transfer station on Lookout Drive (LOTS) in east Richardson organized early in opposition to plans to expand the trash collection site. Numerous meetings were held with the city and the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) in the summer of 2009. In April of 2010, the city forecast that it was near a deal with the adjacent neighborhoods. Yet in June, some of those neighbors had a pessimistic assessment of the state of the dialog: "After three months, it was obvious that working solely with City (and District) Staff and the current negotiation process is neither equitable nor productive."

Where is a director of communications when you need him? Please don't tell me he is at work behind the scenes directing the city's role in this contest. Because the city appears to be stalling for time, unwilling to challenge the NTMWD or disappoint the neighborhood, hoping that the storm clouds blow over without the city staff or city council getting wet. Unlike the issue of the senior apartment complex, I can't compliment the city for its handling of the LOTS issue.

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