3 WCA gripe sessions since Fall

   Ferlin Justice got an earful about WCA Waste’s brush pickup deficiencies in Bay City from city staff, city council and from citizens last week.
   Made worse by Tropical Storm Bill in June, neglected brush piles on Bay City streets before the storm grew larger and there were more of them after the storm, several people noted at council’s regular meeting Thursday, July 23.
   “The reason for this on the agenda,” Public Information Officer Dustin Hodges told council, “Is that anyone driving around the streets are overwhelmed with brush piles.”
   Problems with WCA - the city’s solid-waste collection contractor since August 2013 – have landed on council’s agenda at least three times in less than a year. That includes meetings in November, February and last week. Some problems with the contractor emerged in Fall 2013.
   “We even met earlier,” Hodges said of a previous meeting with Justice about pickup complaints.
   “I got great feedback,” from WCA about a call-in system as a solution, he added.
   “I still haven’t seen any kind of changes to handle” the larger amounts of items Bay City residents are leaving curbside, Hodges said.
   There were many complaints about WCA service before the storm, he noted.
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