The heat addled someone’s brain. In today’s Advocate, a quote by DPW director Hal Alvord on the transfer station on Smith street:
“It’s a zoo. We still allow commercial trash haulers to come in until noon and after noon, it’s residents only,” he said, though some residents come earlier. With only one bay for dumping, traffic backs up. “It’s not unusual to have 1,000 vehicles on Crescent Street,” he said.
Well I challenge Mr. Alvord to defend that statement, because if there were anything close to even a hundred cars on Crescent street, then maybe we wouldn’t see so much vandalism under the highway and at the Pine Island Cemetery. Strangely, the traffic report for the area never mentions the equivalent of the entire Webster parking lot using Crescent street. But perhaps maybe Mr. Alvord meant 1000 vehicles over a week, a day some other time period. In any case, this makes my short list of whopper of the year.
Frequent users of the transfer station have reported that at most there’s only ever been 1 to 2 cars backed up. Typically the day after a holiday is busy, but that it is rare for any back up to occur. I’m sure someone on the Common Council will ask for the the traffic report that this is based on.
source: Advocate, Official: City to save on new garbage pact, By Alexandra Fenwick, 06/10/2008