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40 years ago: Commissioners regretting curbside trash pickup policy

July 13, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 13, 1973:

  • At a four-hour budget meeting on the previous night, the Lawrence City Commission had agreed to provide for a possible $1 increase in the monthly residential trash collection rate. Commissioners were interested in reversing an earlier decision, now termed "a big mistake," of eliminating trash pickup at the house in favor of curbside pickup. Without making any decisions against "ugly" curbside pickup, they asked staff to make provisions for spending a $1 rate increase in the 1974 budget in case they later decided to go back to the old policy of sanitation workers carry the trash from the house to the street.
  • Among other items discussed in the city budget meeting were traffic signal installations -- one at 23rd and Iowa (to replace present lights when road expansion was completed), and one each at 23rd and Naismith, Sixth and Michigan, and Second and Locust.
  • President Nixon was reported to have spent a "restless night" and was continuing to suffer discomfort after having been hospitalized with viral pneumonia. The President had been admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital on the previous evening after completing a day-long schedule in spite of continuing discomfort. Attending doctors reported that they foresaw "no complications" and that "rest and recuperation [were] the primary treatment."

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