This Week at City Hall - Public Input on Residential Solid Waste Proposal
Public Input Sought on Residential Solid Waste Proposal
The City of Fresno is seeking public input on a proposal to evaluate the creation of a residential solid waste franchise fee through a survey on the City’s website at  The proposal is contained in Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s proposed budget revision to address an overall Fiscal Year 2013 shortfall of $16 million.
Mayor Swearengin said the City will evaluate a change in the delivery of residential solid waste services to determine whether private companies can deliver the same or better service than the City currently operates for the same or better prices.
“Given the ongoing economic challenges in Fresno and across the state and nation, it is important that we deliver services in the most effective manner possible, particularly when a service could be provided by the private sector,” Mayor Swearengin said.  “Revenue from a franchise agreement for the residential solid waste operations could provide critical funding for City services such as police officers, firefighters, parks maintenance and operation, and streetlight repairs while keeping the residential solid waste rates at or below the City’s current rates.”
The City projects that creating a residential solid waste franchise fee could result in $1 million in revenue in Fiscal Year 2013, beginning in March 2013.   Annual revenue projections could exceed $2.5 million.
Mayor Swearengin said a final decision on whether to create a residential solid waste franchise will not be made for several months.   To help the City with its evaluation, the web-based survey was developed to collect residents’ highest priorities as the City considers the issue and the services and programs that are offered to residential customers.  
A question-and-answer document on the proposal also is available on the City’s website at
City officials also will hold an input session with representatives from homeowners’ associations from throughout the City on Monday, July 2.
Mayor Swearengin’s Take on FPOA Issue
Please visit Mayor Swearengin’s Facebook page ( for her take on the latest go-round of budget talks and labors talk with the Fresno Police Officers Association.
This Week’s Event
  • Movies in the Park: “Captain America,” Eaton Plaza, Friday, July 6, dusk. 
No ‘Go Green and Clean’ This Week  
There will be no “Go Clean and Green” park beautification effort this week because of the July 4 holiday.
The program will resume at Victoria West Park, 3861 W. Clinton, on Saturday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to noon.
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffiti removal and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno.  Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.
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NOTE:  “This Week at City Hall” will return on July 16.