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Charlottetown Councillor Mitchell Tweel wants to come up with a plan to address the prevalence of Waste Watch bins on city streets. During a recent meeting of council he referred to Charlottetown as a city of garbage cans, comments, which didn't sit well with Mayor Clifford Lee.
Mitchell Tweel, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee clash on “city of garbage cans’’ comment
Coun. Mitchell Tweel says Charlottetown is turning into the city of garbage cans, a comment that has Mayor Clifford Lee asking the Ward 4 councillor for a public apology.
During council’s regular May public meeting, Tweel asked Rob Lantz, vice-chairman of the urban beautification committee, to meet with Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) to embark on a pilot project to work with property owners to help relocate the waste and compost bins to the backs of homes and apartment buildings where they would be subtle and discreet.
Tweel said residents are concerned these bins are dotting the streetscape in his ward and it’s not exactly pleasing to the eye.
“For the streetscape . . . and the ambience . . . it doesn’t do anything (for the city),’’ Tweel said, noting that the city’s urban beautification budget is $1.5 million. “We need a bylaw, policy and procedure to help facilitate and to eventually be a guiding document for the city.’’
He also noted the city has committed $50,000 for the tulip festival, that the city has spent thousands of dollars participating in the Communities in Bloom program and has been involved in the Make Your Hometown Beautiful program.
“We’ve become a city of garbage cans,’’ Tweel said.
“It seems to me to be a complete contradiction. The Waste Watch bins being left on the city’s right-of-way or in front of people’s homes and properties does nothing for the ambience, the esthetics and the streetscapes in this historical city. It is a complete contradiction to all of the programs, initiatives, resources and taxpayers’ money that has been spent on these various commitments.’’
“I find it totally appalling and most disrespectful for an elected official in the city to refer to this city as a city of garbage cans. It’s inappropriate and, quite frankly, Mr. Tweel owes the citizens of this community an apology,’’ Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee
One of the main concerns for residents in Ward 4, the councillor said, is bins lined up on upper Hillsborough Street.
Tweel’s comments are not sitting well with Lee.
“I find it totally appalling and most disrespectful for an elected official in the city to refer to this city as a city of garbage cans,’’ Lee said. “It’s inappropriate and, quite frankly, Mr. Tweel owes the citizens of this community an apology.’’
Lee said he appreciates there are concerns over the compost and waste bins but it’s something that can be addressed very easily with IWMC rather than going to the media.
“For an elected official to stand up and refer to the city of Charlottetown as a city of garbage cans, I find it totally disrespectful to the city. I find it totally disrespectful to the people who call this city home and I find it totally disrespectful to the many, many people in this city who spend endless hours from one end of the year to the other to maintain their property.’’
Tweel told The Guardian he has no plans to apologize.
“I think he has lost focus and needs to deal with the issue,’’ Tweel said, referring to the mayor. “I’m trying to be proactive and progressive.’’