City Official Describes Meeting with Athens as “Very Positive”

City councilmembers Chavez and Yu report on their meeting with waste collector representative.

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published January 8, 2010

A representative of Athens Services will report to Temple City in approximately 30 to 45 days, councilman Tom Chavez said.

Recently, Chavez and mayor pro tempore Vincent Yu met with Dennis Chiappetta, executive vice-president of Athens, to discuss the city’s exclusive evergreen contract as well as ways the waste collection company might improve services in Temple City.

“The purpose of the meeting was to understand…how the contract works,” Yu said on Tuesday, September 1, 2009.

City officials had asked Athens to look into cost-saving alternatives for Temple City residents.

Two options have been proposed: once a week manual pick-up or once a week automatic pick-up. Temple City currently receives twice a week manual pick-up service.

The city council and Athens Services are also looking into possible public hearings to see how residents feel about any reforms.

In August, city officials appointed Chavez and Yu to sit on an ad hoc committee to study the current trash collection service and to determine whether a 30-year evergreen contract was necessary.

An evergreen contract renews itself every year.

For example, the terms of the current city agreement with Athens will not expire until 2039. In 2010, the terms of the evergreen contract dictates that the agreement will not end until 2040.

South El Monte is the only other city with an exclusive evergreen contract with Athens Services.

“I thought the meeting was very positive,” said councilman Chavez.

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