Friday, November 30, 2007

Alice in Garbageland -Updated

I think her favorite book is Alice in Wonderland, she can quote long passages from memory at the drop of a hat, sometimes.
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,' it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.'

Vanna White

The ever entertaining Vanna Veronica White is quoted in an article in the paper as saying;

Nevertheless, White said, the city has the right to require SDT to provide the full gamut of services even if it cannot pay the full bid amount.

If the money's not there, we have the right to ask for those services if we can pay for them or not," she said. "And we're asking for the services."

If they can do that to SDT, why can't they do it to Richards and Metro?

Later in the article;

Nagin spokesman James Ross said the city "does not conduct business via verbal agreement."

"We have a signed contract with SDT Waste & Debris, which articulates the requirements of both the vendor and the city," he said.

That sounds like a reasonable way to do business. I guess someone should go read the contract. According to the paper,
According to the contracts, bulky waste includes "stoves, yard waste, refrigerators, tires, crates, demolition material, washing machines, rugs, furniture, mattresses, and the like." They also state that payment for bulky waste pickup is included in the cost of regular garbage collection: "No separate payment will be made for these services."
and The Lawyer Stacy Head,
"The contracts do not require that the contents be containerized in any way. I don't know why we, by ordinance, would limit what the contractors have to collect," said Head, who introduced an ordinance Friday for future consideration by the full council that effectively would reverse the new ordinance.
Seems odd that SDT is being asked to do more for less and Richards and Metro are allowed to do less for more.


bayoustjohndavid said...

I wondered a year ago whether Torres was part of the con job or getting conned himself. I'm not going to take the time to track down where i said it, but it was based on the fact that it was easy to find multiple Nagin campaign contributions from Alvin Richards and Jimmie Woods, or people and companies with a Woods or Richard's connection, but none traceable to SDT. Of course it's easy to hide them, but the French Quarter contract also seemed the least desirable. I'm still withholding judgment, but now I'm really curious.

mominem said...

The inference is that SDT is being screwed. Possibly it's a mutual screwing.

I make it a point not agree to deals where the other guy promises to "take care of me next time".

There's always someone else who will bite on that one, waiting for next time.