Tuesday, 09 June 2009 16:44
(Editors Note: This letter was sent to Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)
On March 20 some two and a half months ago, I sent a letter to Councilwoman Poons concerning street sweeping in North Strathmore. I pointed out that, without exception, street sweeping occurs on the same days as sanitation pickup and that if this interference can be avoided it would both reduce sweeping costs and make for a more thorough sweeping job.
I also followed up this March 20 letter with an email on May 7 to Poons. I have not received any response. This is why I am contacting you.
The problem is that the street sweeper must move in and out to get around the items left at the curbs to be picked up by sanitation. Thus, as much as one-quarter of the curb is never swept and it also takes the sweeper much longer to do this inadequate job.
It is quite obvious that with some simple coordination of sweeping schedules this interference can be avoided. It is a win-win situation.
I appreciate that there is a natural tendency of agencies to defend the status quo. This is especially true where there is no particular reason to cut costs or improve quality (no competition). Thus often even such self-evident changes as this require a nudge from the top.