CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city would save $60 million if garbage trucks pick up on a grid route instead of one following complicated ward boundaries.
But he did say he’d keep the ward superintendents who can respond quickly to neighborhood residents with problems or concerns.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Stray Sprinkles On Friday
He said Chicago pays $225-235 a ton for trash removal, while other major cities like Philadelphia do it for $135 a ton.
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“They’re not smarter or better than us,” he said.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, many aldermen said they were dead set against the idea for fear that it would deprive them of their ability to respond to special requests for services.MORE NEWS: Family Of Girl Who Died At Age 11 Finds Her Headstone Overturned And Damaged At Cemetery In Hillside
Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) told the Sun-Times that he has no problem switching to a grid “so long as there is still an ability to have a staffer or superintendent who can handle unique situations” which happen “a dozen times every day.”