Oops on the Poop!

This just in: The city does not spend nearly as much as first reported on the plastic doggy waste bags in the parks.

The city of San Juan Capistrano does not spend more than $25,000 on doggy waste bags after all.

City Councilman Derek Reeve for the small, green, plastic bags found in dispensers throughout city parks. He wondered if that amount covered a quarter or even a year.

Nope, Finance Director Cindy Russell told him. That was just for one month. She said the city spend $27,000 a year on the powdery-smelling bags.

But now comes news from the city’s Public Works Department that city only spends $9,500 a year on the bags, which come from Doggie Walk Bags Inc. (As an aside, the company has a great slogan: We’re the No. 1 solution to your No. 2 problem.)

According to the Public Works memo, the figure includes $1,500 for damaged dispenser replacement, new dispensers and extra bags.

In addition, the city pays its landscape contractor, Merchant’s Landscape, $2,100 a year to stock the bags, the memo states, bringing the grand total to $11,600, less than half first reported.

The city of Dana Point also scrambled to let Patch know it no longer spends $45,000 annually on MuttMitts, as indicated in its approved budget posted online. Brian McClure, parks manager there, said his city has switched brands, to EcoGreen Pet Pouch Bags, and now spends ony $25,000 a year.

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V. Duvall January 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Just think what would happen if there were no bags. Dog poop here and there. It is a good thing that most cities provide them. I have dogs, but they have never once pooped in public. They hold it until they get home, I'm lucky I don't have to carry the poop home with me. The City could probably find a cheaper service and that would be good, however there are many many things that need to be looked at before we forego the poop bags.
Mamie January 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Dear Duvall, I appreciate your taking responsiblity for your dog. I only wish others would do the same. I honestly do not understand why they don't. As silly as I feel talking with you here about doggie poop bags, let me ask you this question: If your dogs could not hold until they get home, would you be responsible enough to carry your own poop bags, or would you just let your dogs do their business in public and expect others to pick up after your dogs? Also, do you think it is the City's responsiblity to provide doggie poop bags? Just curious because with our City in such dire financial straits, every penney counts, in my opinion. Thank you.
Penny Arévalo January 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
We tie our bags to the leash. Easy! But why Mamie, do you think we should ferry the filled bags home? Isn't that what trash cans are for? Beyond hazardous waste, do we regulate who can throw what things away in public receptacles? Just curious on your thought process.
Mamie January 12, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Hi Penny, Happy New Year. I hope you are enjoying your new job as the Editor of SJC Patch. Now, I feel really silly talking to multiple people here. Personally, I prefer face-to-face conversations. Anyway, it isn't really which receptacle they place their doggie's poop in that I really have a problem with, as long as they dispose of the poop property. I just don't think that the City should have to foot the bill for the bags. Honestly, this whole conversation is so ludicrous and I need to get off the internet here. LOL. Good luck in your new position.
Penny Arévalo January 12, 2012 at 01:08 AM
LOL back at you. Thanks! :-)


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