Citizen says he feels like a hostage forced to use a trash service he doesn’t want

During public comments Monday night the Bowie City Council heard from an unhappy citizen who says he is being held hostage to a trash company through his city water bill.
Donny Dunn, resides in the area of Mach’s Grocery Road, but receives city water service. He is angry about being forced to take service from Waste Connections just because he has city water.
“I don’t know why you are doing this reaching outside the city. There has got to be a reason, I am sure it has to do with money. I don’t understand. Just because we can is not an answer. What makes you think you have the right to tell me what I can or can’t do at my house,” said Dunn, who added silence is golden when there was no response from the council.
Mayor Gaylynn Burris said they cannot enter into a discussion on this under public comments, but he could meet with the city manager, who interjected he had already talked with Dunn on the phone.
Burris asked Dunn if he wanted to be on a future agenda where it could be discussed. Dunn said it won’t do any good because the council was not going to change its mind.
“I am unhappy with each and every one of you forcing me to do something I don’t want to. That is all I have to say. I will be on the phone with the attorney general,” Dunn concluded.
Back in June the city approved a new 20-year contract with Waste Connections and part of the service plan expanded service outside the city limits to water customers such as those at Silver Lakes. Based on city ordinances all customers will be charged for trash collection.

3 Comments on Citizen says he feels like a hostage forced to use a trash service he doesn’t want

  1. Mr. Dunn is exactly right. It is totally un-american to make you pay for something you don’t want or need. Didn’t President Trump do away with the mandate of the health care act that made you pay for insurance or you got a fine? There seems to be many unfair methods the City uses to collect revenue to support the heavy payroll with big City benefits. Make Bowie Great Again!

  2. Sorry, and no offense, but that’s a false comparison. The health care mandate was a requirement. Mr. Dunn can use a water well and cut his services with the city. There is no mandate he choose city water. He has a choice and there is no fine with either choice. By the way, how much does Mr. Dunn pay in city taxes for the water system? How much should the citizens pay in city taxes for those outside the city limits to benefit from their tax dollars? Even with bundling the trash service those outside the city limits are paying no city taxes and getting a heck of a deal. If they don’t like the deal they can use a water well and cut the city water and trash service. That’s the other side of the argument and the simple choice.

    • Mr. Craig, the next time you go to McDonalds and they say you must purchase fries with your burger, let me know. And don’t feel offended when the cashier tells you, “you can always make your own burger at home.”

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