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The City Attorney noted that if garbage became a health issue (i.e. accumulating on <br />one's property) then it became a code enforcement issue. Council commented that <br />perhaps a streamlined process for such cases could be implemented thus avoiding <br />the lengthy code enforcement procedure. <br />MOTION SECONDED AND CARRIED: Moved by Dauber, seconded by Johnson and <br />passed unanimously to eliminate mandatory garbage service. <br />Council asked the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance, perhaps even an urgency <br />ordinance, reflecting this decision as soon as possible. A rate adjustment was <br />scheduled for October and it would be helpful to see if this decision affected the <br />rates. <br />2. Should mandatory baseline service be repealed? <br />Council noted that the baseline service cost had been in place since 1990 and, unlike <br />garbage service, had never been discretionary. This basic service included the four <br />clean up days, the yardwase center, household hazardous materials pickups, <br />recycling, and roadside and creekside cleanup. <br />Margaret Rands, Solid Waste Program Manager for Santa Clara County, noted that <br />in 1991 an agreement had been entered into including Los Altos Hills and other <br />cities to study the disposal of solid waste. A company had been hired to determine <br />the solid waste generated by each of the cities involved and projections for the <br />future. A disposal reporting system was also generated. Ms. Rands advised Council <br />to carefully review the adopted Household Hazardous Waste Element and Source <br />Reduction and Recycling Element before making any changes. AB939 requirements <br />were in place and the State could impose costly fines. <br />Jim Valenti, 25354 LaPena Lane, was not in support of the baseline service except for <br />the household hazardous waste program for which he would be willing to pay <br />separately. <br />Los Hogle, 2000 Old Page Mill Road, asked for clarification of the rates. She noted <br />that her home was 1/2 mile from the road and therefore she did not use the services <br />of the Los Altos Garbage Company. However she was a strong supporter of <br />recycling. Ms. Hogle supported the baseline service. <br />Betsy Bertram, 11854 Page Mill Road, supported mandatory recycling. <br />Dr. Howard Martin, 11666 Dawson, commended the Los Altos Garbage Company on <br />their clean, efficient services. However, he did note that Los Altos Hills paid higher <br />rates than other neighboring cities. <br />%W May 20, 1996 <br />Special City Council Meeting <br />