Dear Friends and Supporters:
Some municipalities have turned to private contractors for municipal sanitation services. We are skeptical that a profit-maximizing enterprise can deliver the same high-quality services as our municipal workers at lower cost. Privatization of municipal services is, in fact, a favored strategy of the other side of the political spectrum. However, its supposed cost savings are often illusory.
Residents routinely praise the work of our union Sanitation and other Department of Public Works crews, including garbage and recycling pickup and snow removal. The cleanup from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida proved beyond all doubt the benefits of having a public DPW workforce. Our Sanitation and Highway crews worked around the clock to clear trash and debris from the storm.
Imagine what would have happened had we relied on a private contractor to provide town-wide sanitation services. That carting firm would have been stretched thin by other clients and the devastation wrought by the storm. Even if the firm had the manpower to handle the massive volume of trash and debris, it would have charged premium rates.
The work of our Police and Fire Departments and EMS gives residents invaluable peace of mind. So too does the effort of our DPW crews, who go about their work with little fanfare and a tremendous sense of pride. They are one of our town’s underappreciated resources. No private firm could match their level of dedication and reliability at any price.
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Frank, Rachel and Adam
Moving Harrison Forward
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