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Sedona Council May Eliminate Public’s Right to Choose Garbage Haulers

Article submitted by City of Sedona AZ

Article submitted by City of Sedona AZ

Sedona AZ (January 19, 2016)The city of Sedona invites residents to two public meetings in February to give input on a potential city-wide residential trash and recycling program. The meetings are scheduled for:

  • Monday, February 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Sedona City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive
  • Tuesday, February 2 at 8:30 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Sedona Fire District Station 1, 2860 Southwest Drive.

Currently Sedona residents choose between three providers for trash and recycling services and the city is looking into the option of a city-wide program in which one hauler would be chosen to provide both trash and recycling services to all households.

City staff are currently in the public input phase of this issue, which will help evaluate the potential for changing from the current system to a city-wide residential trash and recycling program.

For more information or to receive a fact sheet about the potential program, contact Lauren Browne at 928-203-5068 or email lbrowne@SedonaAZ.gov.

Sedona City Hall is open for business Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Fridays. The Municipal Court and Wastewater system maintenance remain on a Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. schedule.

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  1. West sedona resident says:

    I think unified garbage pickup is a good idea .. 3or 4 garage trucks picking up the same block at different times on the same day is reduntant..

    Bulk pickup is also a great idea.

    If anyone on the city council even reads SE
    Pay no attention to the crybabies/complainers on this site(all ten of them)
    If you do read it you will know they(the ten) hate all government.
    Forge ahead with your plans, they are a minority. Let them complain and cry, they get off on it.

  2. Ken says:

    Here’s something interesting when I called today to compare rates and services of garbage companies; only one offers recycling curbside & plans because of “future business” to include glass which is now not accepted. See an interesting conflict here?

  3. @Ken says:

    Message received. The entire project definitely doesn’t pass the stink test which is appropriate considering the subject: Garbage collection aka recycling whether we want it or not and whether we can afford it or not.

    Good information. Thank you.

  4. Norma says:

    Does this surprise you? Sedona has always been a Yes Sir city. Filled with the buddy system. You get benefits when you go along with the program. Haven’t you heard Sedona has a front door and a back door? That is the way it’s done in Sedona. Those that go along get gifts on the taxpayers. It isss Seedona.

    Look at the chamber, film festival, mainstreet and many more. All these groups have for years gotten funding from the city taxpayers to operate their private enterprises. Millions of dollars. Gosh if it wasn’t for these groups there be no Sedona. There is so much money, gifts to others, hidden dollars. Why do you think they say you don’t contribute? Its a way to discredit you, enabling them to play with taxpayers money.

    Now it is time for the residents to pay. You will pay so that the elected governing body can gift. They have shown you that you are second class. Unless YOU speak up it will NEVER change. EACH of YOU.

    STAND UP. Let your neighbors know. You must demand fairness. You deserve equality. If you don’t stand up it will continue to get worse for the residents. You have a voice use it!

    Write each one by by sending an email here

    Sign the petition here

    Call the City Manager here
    (928) 204-7127

    PS- Look at who has signed the petition. VERY impressive Ex City Mayor, Vice Mayors, ex council, ex city employees, founders of community plan, many business owners, and stakeholders. Stand up use YOUR voice.

  5. Kevin W says:

    @Norma, it doesn’t matter. They will not heed the signatures on that petition. They will go with the recommendation from city staff who earn their salaries by making recommendations based on what the city council wants to hear. That’s the way it is and nothing seems to change it.

    The phone survey report is predictable – it will reflect a resounding support for city control of our garbage removal service.

    Now they tell us at least one of those meetings will be available on TV but what difference will it make? All a waste of time and money because like most things this has most likely been decided even before all the BS hype that we really have a choice in the matter. Wish they would all go the way of the rest of our garbage. In the trash where they belong. My preference would be to have elected officials we could respect and be proud of. Such a thing no longer exists in Sedona.

  6. @Norma says:

    @Norma — I think this council is so far gone, so completely over the top, so totally convinced that they know what’s best us peons, that people against this trash takeover need to be thinking about a recall. I have emailed and signed the petition but am under no illusion that council will be swayed by either. We are dealing with some very out of control egos here, borderline insane. They will need to be recalled.

  7. West sedona resident says:

    They(council members) Do not heed the wishes of those who hate government and constantly cry/complain about everything …

    Perhaps the problem lies within your own hate mongering as the reason you(the hate filled Minority) are not taken seriously.

    Your constant finger pointing has marginalized your small minded opinions..
    No one cares except you likeminded hate mongers

  8. @West Sedona Resident says:

    How about taking a one-way flight out of Sedona on your broom?

  9. @West Sedona Resident says:

    No doubt you are (deleted by editor) @West Sedona Resident. Spin it around the hates starts with you. Do you like anyone that is not a door mat?

  10. @West Sedona Resident says:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullying @West Sedona Resident

    Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict.[1] Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability.[2][3] If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing.[4]

    Bullying can be defined in many different ways. The UK has no legal definition of bullying,[5] while some U.S. states have laws against it.[6] Bullying is divided into four basic types of abuse – emotional (sometimes called relational), verbal, physical, and cyber.[7] It typically involves subtle methods of coercion, such as intimidation.

    Bullying ranges from simple one-on-one bullying to more complex bullying in which the bully may have one or more “lieutenants” who may seem to be willing to assist the primary bully in his or her bullying activities. Bullying in school and the workplace is also referred to as peer abuse.[8] Robert W. Fuller has analyzed bullying in the context of rankism.

    A bullying culture can develop in any context in which humans interact with each other. This includes school, family, the workplace, home, and neighborhoods. In a 2012 study of male adolescent American football players, “the strongest predictor [of bullying] was the perception of whether the most influential male in a player’s life would approve of the bullying behavior”.[9]

  11. Sharon says:

    @@west sedona resident

    Doesn’t seem to me like you last post is correct .


    I think WSR. Made thier point ….. You sound like a crybaby

  12. west Sedona Resident says:


    a person who makes frequent complaints usually about little things Synonyms baby, bellyacher, crybaby, fussbudget, fusser, fusspot, griper, grumbler, kvetch, kvetcher, sniveler, whinerRelated Words bawler, bleater, moaner, ..

    Someone who CRYS over the smallest thing out of SELF PITY

    heres another one for you which seems to fit well


    a pretense of having a virtuous character ,moral belief, or principals that one does NOT REALLY POSSESS.

  13. Robert O'Donnell says:

    Just went to the first of 3 focus groups on the subject. It appears to me they are trying to use recycling as the key to control trash collection around the city. They also think the city can provide billing cheaper than the companies.
    My concerns are:
    1. The companies that lose the bid may leave the area completely and may not be willing to come back for a rebid if the service selected does not provide service properly or when it is time for a new contract.
    2. If the city were able to restrict pick up times so no one hears 6AM or earlier trash pickup, then that would be one good thing.
    3. They feel Sedona Recycles would be able to continue, but will they? And if so to what degree.
    4. The Sedona vision statement says we are to be a small town character and provide equal opportunity for all. How does a monopoly on residential trash collection provide equal opportunity? I asked what was the smallest town that does provide collection, none could be provided except Queen Creek, which is only a suburb of Phoenix.

    My own suggestion is to divide the city into districts, such as using 89A, uptown, chapel area, or whatever to create maybe 4 or so districts. Then put out bids for each district and not allowing any one company to win all bids. They claim Sedona is too small to divide and used Phoenix as an example where they suggested to them to use no less than 30000 homes for one division.
    It appears they want to bill every resident for service, unless maybe they might have an exclusion for seasonal residents that might not be here for 6 months straight. This will create a burden to those that do not contract pickup now because they share a service with a neighbor or relative and have little trash to warrant weekly pickup. I suggested any contract be based on the number of houses currently getting trash service, not on the number of homes.

    They claim their may be more jobs with the added recycling service but had no response when I asked about those that would lose their jobs from a company who did not win the contract. They only said they could probably get a job from the winner, but no concern over lost benefits, seniority, or change in travel time to work. Who is to say they could still get a job with the other company?
    Overall, go to the large meetings, hear what they want to plan to do, express your opinions (including in a survey of questions about mostly recycling but also trash service in general, but they only have 100 survey machines).

  14. Just Sayin' says:

    Robert O’Donnell

    For someone who says that they went to the focus group you certainly came away without absorbing too much.

    I went to the evening meeting and while I wasn’t happy with entire plan, many of your items above were addressed.

    Wow, you’re still sharp as a tack, yes you are.

  15. Mary Jane Simmons says:

    Mr. O’Donnell

    I love how you’re into everything but feel that you’re wasting your efforts around city hall. Quite honestly, because of your keen financial observations and great wit, you should redirect your energy to the school board. Don’t you agree?

  16. Just Thinking says:

    I felt badly to have missed the meeting this evening, however when I turned on the TV to watch, even on this snow filled day the house was packed to capacity. This is what I love about Sedona, the public involvement, whether it’s listened to or not by Council and Staff. Mayor Sandy will probably repeat Herself by saying ‘All those in agreement with us are at home…’. Not true, at all, as I and My Friends don’t believe the City should be involved in taking away our freedom of choice.

    The gentleman leading the meeting (that the City paid $20,000 to) talked and talked but said nothing with no facts. When asked by a lady (I don’t remember word for word) ‘now that we have paid $20,000 for this phase, what are the future costs?’ the answer was ‘there would be future costs that have been given to the city’. When asked if people not living here full time could call off the service and not pay for time not used, the answer was ‘it’s to early to look at that yet’. When asked if people sharing the service with a neighbor would be made to pay for individual service, the answer was ‘it’s to early to look at that yet’. This was the answer to many important questions.

    While continuously referring to Queen Creek, a person asked why the gentleman’s figures were from 2007-8 and not more recently. The answer was a bit stumbled, but He said that He could call and find out. At which time I laughed and thought of Judge Judy yelling “Where did You think You were coming today!”

    All in all from meetings, polls, etc. it appears that the Residents are telling those that work for Us that We are 75-80+% against the City controlling Our trash services.

  17. Robert O says:

    Robert O’Donnell, Hummmm interesting idea posted by MJ Simmons you an unknown in an uphill race with 3 viable experienced hard hitting competitors for city council or You against no one for the 3 seats on the school board?????

    You keep saying that you are a smart guy well what’s it going to be boy, what’s it going to be???

  18. @Just Thinking says:

    Your review is very astute. Although answers from the slicker were vague, Karen Daines was pretty clear that volume will be the driving factor in keeping rates down – DUH!

    Translated: Every one will be billed monthly whether we use the service or not. No more “bundling” with neighbors. Two huge containers to clutter up our properties. Like it or not.

    The continuous reference to “focus groups” made me wonder the reason for the public meeting. Once again, secret small cliques running the show in back rooms. The gentleman that called out about “we don’t trust the government” pretty much said it all.

    Council members continue with their holier-than-thou approach of “we know what’s best” are clearly the problem and not the solution.

    Nearly 500 people have signed a petition against city controlling our garbage pickup. The results of the Red Rock News poll indicated 71% were not in favor. And it seemed the poll taken at the meeting reflected even a higher percentage against.

    And yet the royal highness’s will deny the petitions and RRN poll as not being official which is OK as long as they include their own phone survey. It has no more validity than the other two methods of public outcry if they want to be so analytical.

    Point being: the public has already spoken and this lunacy of continuing to educate us (brainwash) should cease and desist. Why must this drag on for another month?

    And what’s with the ongoing attacks on Robert O’Donnell? What’s the beef versus where’s the beef? Your attacks might serve better on a city council that is attempting to hold us all hostage to their way of thinking. Keep that in mind when they force you be be a vegan unless, of course, you already are one.


    Ask the city if they will be paid for the data collection on residents trash once waste management is selected and collects everyones trash house by house Big money there……

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