Recently, the city authorized a private firm to operate its water and sewerage services. But concerning the last major policy changes for its handling of waste in 2013, for the citizenry it was one step forward, two steps back. Then, the city's object of privatization was its solid waste collection, now in its third year.
Instead, members prior to 2013– including Darby, David Montgomery, Tim Larkin, Scott Irwin, and Bubba Williams – flushed this bonanza down the toilet, along with Mayor Lo Walker both in his present capacity and in his prior stint as the city’s chief administrative officer, and now expect citizens to pay for their stupidity. And three years later after improvements, the same lot has decided to turn over management of those facilities, an extremely ironic development as then the city was told a rate hike then would preclude any for many years to come. Further irony came when Darby and Harvey turned up as the only two votes against the outsourcing.