Two sides on proposed new garbage plan for Quincy

Could garbage men become a thing of the past in Quincy?

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore has floated a

new plan

to handle the city's garbage.

He suggests a private company handle the city's garbage services.

But we spoke to one Quincy resident who has concerns about the proposal.

City garbage crews at work are a familiar site around Quincy.

But these crews would be a thing of the past if

Mayor Kyle Moore's privatization plan

is passed by the city council.

Glenda Hackemack is the director of Administrative services for the city.

She cites the escalating cost as the reason for the proposal.

"We're having to subsidize it," Hackemack said. "It's losing an average of $846,000 over the last 5 years. That's the average yearly loss."

Carol Nichols is a private citizen who says she is concerned about the proposed cost.

"The $15 plus a month, per household that's at least 8 times a month as we pay." Nichols said.

One of the big sticking points are these little orange garbage stickers.

Hackemack says the cost of these stickers has not gone up in more than 20 years.

"Garbage stickers haven't been raised since 1991," she said. "They were 50 cents. So I can't think of anything that is the same as 1991 cost wise as it is now. So the city has been subsidizing this in a lot of ways, trying to pick that up."

Nichols thinks the city needs to look beyond this immediate garbage issue to the much larger quality of life one.

"Look to what your principles are," Nichols said. "Are you trying to minimize the amount of refuse that this city is responsible for. How big is Quincy's footprint?"

Where does the city go next?" Nichols said. "Revenues are not what they used to be obviously, but expenses continue to rise. So the city and the alderman and the mayor are going to have to look at making some very difficult decisions unfortunately."

You can see KHQA's complete interview with Glenda Hackemack


You can seek KHQA's complete interview with Carol Nichols



The city is holding two public forums where you will have the chance to voice your opinion on this proposal.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at St. Peters Church Cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Quincy Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.