Cape Coral discusses releasing $ 1.6 million in payments to Waste Pro



CORAL CAP

Barbara Anderson is happy to have a clear view of her street again.

In March, it was anything but.

Furniture lined the road.

Waste Pro USA had not collected its waste or that of its neighbors for weeks.

“It was once three weeks and I had maggots and it’s like ‘Agh’,” Anderson said.

Complaints from neighbors prompted the town of Cape Coral to take action and withhold $ 1.6 million in payments made to the company.

The city stopped withholding payments in June after complaints dwindled. Now he’s wondering if it’s time to hand over the funds to the company.

Jose Torna is not yet convinced that the garbage woes are over.

“It’s mixed up. The regular garbage collection went well, but we still have a problem with the furniture and glass, ”said Torna. “The other night I was walking my puppy and there was glass in the street so I had to look for her.”

Staff recommend that the city not only donate the retained funds to Waste Pro, but also want Waste Pro to pay the city more than $ 680,000 for costs related to the city’s horticultural waste collection efforts, additional franchise fees, customer service issues and freight charges for its bulk waste transfer station.

“Personally, I think they have to give it back to people,” Anderson said. “I think they should give them a month of garbage collection because we can’t deduct it.”

The city plans to provide an update on Waste Pro’s performance at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday.

Waste Pro told WINK News they are in negotiations with the city and are working with them to find a solution.


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