Letter to the Editor

Waste site closures

To the editor: The Fairbanks North Star Borough continues to reduce services to the property tax-paying citizens. The plan now is to cut four trash collection sites, including Moose Creek. This will deeply harm all the residents of Moose Creek and those along Eielson Farm Road.

Many of our citizens are older retirees who seldom travel in a direction that would make a trip to the next nearest refuse transfer site plausible. Many others work and shop on Eielson Air Force Base, in the opposite direction. These folks will be forced to travel four times the current distance, increasing our carbon footprint and attacking their limited budget. Driving hazards and wear and tear on vehicles will take a further bite.

It is reported that our site is not heavily used. Then why are the dumpsters often full? It is reported that property cost is high, yet our site is on borough land. It is reported that electricity cost is high; we have four lights and two of them are uselessly covering empty land.

Closure will lead to other pitfalls. Trash will accumulate, leading to poor sanitation, unsightliness, animal nuisance, etc. Increased travel distance will lead to more roadside litter. The likelihood of random dumping is always an unwelcome possibility.

Our fire station remains unmanned. Our water has been contaminated. Now this closure of our refuse site is looming upon us. How much more must the property owners of our community bear while paying for services not received at previous levels? We see our taxes increase and our services decrease.

The borough needs to focus more attention on maintaining the current quality of service deserved by the taxpayer and less attention on new projects that add more burden to the property owners.

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