He explained that after an extensive review of bids the City will choose a single waste hauler.That choice will be on the ballot and residents will vote either yes or no on the City's selection. A yes vote victory would make the City's choice the sole hauler for the City. A no vote triumph could maintain the multi hauler system now in place, should the City choose to follow the recommendations of the residents advisory vote.
As yet to be determined is a possible third alternative which would allow residents to opt out of the City selected hauler and hire one on their own if they so desired. This option will be considered at the April meeting. The ability of a resident to hire a separate hauler in a City as small as Bloomfield Hills has been questioned in the past.
The election scheme and new the trash hauling ordinances were passed with minor changes by a unanimous vote of City Commissioners.There was some discussion of an expanded public input. Commissioners Coakley and Sherr asked and advocated bringing the public into the conversation. City Cravens said the election was to the sole sole extent of public input. The silence of Commissioners Dull, McClure, and Mayor Hardy was tacit approval and gave the non-voting, non-resident, City Manager the authority to make such decisions.
To some the waste hauling ordinances and the selection of Waste Hauler(s) actual waste haulers were overlapping issues. The City Manager preferred and in one case insisted they be discussed separately. Commissioner Coakley persisted however in establishing Jan 1 2015 as effective date for implementing the ordinances. The purpose of that was spare waste haulers the need for expensive purchases or vehicle modification prior to a decision being made on which company or companies would be utilized by the city.