Juneau residents will have a rare opportunity this week to sound off over trash service.
The company that runs curbside pick up has been acquired by Waste Connections, a Canada-based business with customers in 39 states and five provinces.
But the new company still needs approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to take over trash collection in Juneau.
“This is an opportunity for consumers to bring any concerns they might have before the RCA commissioners,” said Grace Salazar, head of the commission’s consumer protection office in Anchorage.
The city manager’s office wrote a letter in March outlining its concerns about trash pickup and requesting the state commission consider ceding more local control over community trash service.
“I think this hearing is at a point in time where the company’s really going to be listening to the community,” said Michele Elfers, who runs the city’s recycling program. “They will be in the same room, look face to face at people and recognize that we’re a community with concerns and needs. I think that it’s an important time to make comment and it potentially could be more powerful.”
The public hearing will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the Assembly chambers.
- But the senator is worried about where the money will be diverted from. “I would have concerns, particularly if it’s coming out of Alaska military construction, which is not only important for our state,” Sullivan says. “It’s really important for the national security of our country.”
- The Alaska Marine Highway System has stopped selling tickets past September. That's in anticipation to deep cuts that could be fatal to the state ferry network.
- In a major development, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Pebble Mine on Wednesday.
- Three people were seriously hurt and four vehicles demolished in a five-car wrong-way crash on the highway between downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall Valley.