John Hamilton: Pricy policing

November 29, 2012 

Pricy policing

Recent stories about the trash-cart fines that the Raleigh City Council wants to implement prompted me to contact the Department of Solid Waste Services for more information. I asked when the two current enforcement officers were hired, how many citations they have issued and how many have been collected and the total amount of money.

The response was: The two current officers were hired in July. They have issued 12 citations, the first being Nov. 15. It is unclear how many have been collected, but the total dollar value is $1,200.

The City Council also wants to hire more enforcement officers at a cost of $55,000 per year.

I don’t want to see trash carts perpetually parked in the street, but there has to be a better way than this. Clearly this is colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.

John Hamilton


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