I've seen this variety of work and I highly recommend spending some time with each piece.
I've written the City and found there to be additional information for the residents of Manitou to know. It is always good for residents to get involved and I encourage the towns people to do so. It is always important receive additional facts, and perhaps provide helpful information.
There will be a review and debate by the City Council on April 6, 2010 at 7:00p.m. at Manitou Springs City Hall. Looks like the decision will be made then.
My family lives in Manitou. We own our home. We have a child in the school system.
We stopped getting trash service 3 years ago as a way to save money and be a little kinder to our environment. It also helps in keeping the bears from 'hitting' our trash every night. (We are shocked at the lack of concern in Manitou for the wildlife.)
We purchased bins, kept them inside the house, and began recycling plastic, aluminum, metal cans, bottles, paper and cardboard. We drop off our items on the way to purchase groceries once a week.
We compost our fruits and veggie waste. This is recycled into our garden when it turns into usable compost.
Our actual trash we take to a friends house, also once a week. Both of the families are small & both recycle. Together, we barely fill a trash can.
We have a system that works and have absolutely no interest in a streamline trash service, especially with the single purposed company at hand. (Which by the way, hit and took down a needed street light on our block, and over a year later, it still has not been replaced.)
In the past 4 years, all of our utilities have skyrocketed, our taxes are some of the highest in the state, and we struggle to save enough money for energy efficient upgrades to make our early 1900's home warm enough for winter living. WHY are we looking at adding yet another bill to our already struggling resident's list?
One solution to this 'Carbon Footprint' struggle, may find its way into the partnering of the Manitou Historic Preservation and the Manitou 'Green Team', both of which can work together to present viable solutions to homeowners when it comes to updating hundreds of existing structures in Manitou for energy efficiency. One may think this could be a more productive project for our children's children.
Dictating what company will provide the trash service also destroys FREE ENTERPRISE. The definition follows: Business governed by the laws of supply and demand, not restrained by government interference, regulation or subsidy.
Manitou has approximately 5000 residents. One may think that if almost 1700 of the residents have NO trash service, there may be other reasons besides the fact we have narrow roads.
Our family wants to continue to have this CHOICE. We're just doing the best we can.
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