The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

A Better Way to Cudahy Street Sweeping

Cudahy, DPW, Parking, Roads, City Ordinance

This is a slight reprint of my Nov. 12, 2008 post titled “Leaf Collection Times and Issues”.


For those of you who have known me for the thirteen years I have lived in Cudahy, you know I have always had a problem with the day the leaf collection and street sweepers come around.


Why does the street sweeper come the same day as garbage pickup? 


Over half of all garbage cans are not correctly on the grass or approach as indicated by Cudahy City Ordinance Chapter 8 section 12 (8.12); instead, they are in the road, which is in the way of the street sweeper.  This is a very ineffective way of cleaning.  So much gets missed, and is a waste of tax payers' dollars.  The five P's must have been missed here, "Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”  The street sweeping should not be done on the same day.  Before garbage day is the preferred day, since some people do not remove the garbage can even the next day. 


I also want a reason as to why this action is being done in the manner.


After all these years, I still don’t understand why Street Sweeping and leaf collection occurs on the same day as garbage pickup.  This is just not the way it should be. 


Common sense tells you that the cleanup is not done as well as it should be.  People DO NOT place the garbage cans correctly, so sweeping should be done days either before or after garbage pickup.  This would save money and cleanup would be better (have to come by or maneuver around as much).  Productivity has never been a strong suit of government.  I understand this is the way it has always been, but that doesn’t make it right.  As far as trucks in the area, so what!!  I ask anyone to go out and watch when the street sweeper comes by, take the challenge, and watch how many people have garbage cans wrong and how hard the cleanup drivers have to dance around to cleanup what they can. 


Why cannot someone step forward and correct this?  Parked cars are always a problem.  A simple change of the schedule and all would be better.  Cleaner Cudahy, people make mistakes so the city should work it out and work around them.


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