Trash bill angers Gary resident
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/648-3154 April 22, 2013 4:48PM
GARY — A frustrated citizen argued with the Gary Sanitary/Stormwater District board Monday over paying for trash service he doesn’t need.
“How can you take trash money when I don’t need the service?” asked Marcus Lyons who said he pays for a private service to pick up his trash.
Lyons said he doesn’t understand why he can’t just opt out of the service. Now, he said the GSD is threatening to shut off his water service if he doesn’t pay the trash portion of his bill.
The board’s attorney, Jewell Harris Jr., said a city ordinance contains a clause saying residents can’t opt out of the service provided by the Gary Sanitary District. He said the GSD negotiated a rate based on a certain number of households in the city.
“We’re all in this boat together, there’s no opting out,” said Board Chairman Richard Comer. He said the clause assures that residents don’t take their garbage to their neighbors. “It’s done for the good of the whole. We would have chaos out here if we allowed people to opt out.”
Lyons responded to Comer saying, “I have my own boat.”
He declined to talk about the matter after the meeting.