Either the letter writer knew this was about to blow up into something juicy, or this letter is complete coincidence.
When we asked City Manager Rosanna Bayon Moore about this specific letter, she opened up about the situation the city is facing, ultimately saying if the downtown businesses don’t start paying for trash service from Allied Waste, they will have their business licenses revoked.
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Yeah, we know. Hardcore.
The city passed an ordinance in August requiring that businesses operating in Brawley with a license have commercial trash service established.
She said it has since come to the city’s attention that a number of businesses in the downtown do not have their own standalone contract with Allied Waste as recently as last week.
The problem has come to light by a number of means, including trashy alleys. Some of the other means have included business owners with Allied contracts seeing business owners without contracts dumping their trash in others’ bins.
Moore said that by today Allied would be providing a list of businesses that have accounts with it, so that the city can assess just how many businesses do not. The problem centers around the 500 and 600 blocks of Main Street.
Once Allied gets that information to the city, Moore said letters will be hand-delivered to the errant businesses notifying them they have 30 days to get contracts executed with Allied or they will lose their licenses.
At the same time, Moore said, Allied will be putting locks on its trash bins so only those paying customers can use their rightful bins.
Moore acknowledged while there is the requirement that businesses have these trash contracts there is no follow-up system or way to check accountability. That is also to be developed.