Chilliwack council voted 5-2 in December to suspend garbage collection for one hour each Remembrance Day

Curbside collection in Chilliwack will pause each Nov. 11

They don't ask a lot," said Coun. Chris Kloot, after veterans asked city hall to discontinue garbage collection on Remembrance Day

It was mildly controversial in the scheme of things at city hall.

City council had to decide what to do about garbage collection on Remembrance Day — after fielding a handful of complaints.

In the end, council voted to suspend curbside garbage collection for one hour every year from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 11.

“They don’t ask a lot,” said Coun. Chris Kloot, about the veterans who asked city hall to discontinue garbage collection services on Remembrance Day as a show of respect to those who have served their country.

Coun. Sue Attrill said she’s been approached by veterans who said they wished council would take a stand by cutting out the curbside collection.

“This is a tough one,” acknowledged Mayor Sharon Gaetz during the council meeting.

The mayor said she appreciated concerns expressed by Couns. Attrill and Kloot, but voted in favour of the staff recommendation to have the curbside garbage collection pause for one hour on Remembrance Day.

“I also wish it was easier to get the word out to people about when they should put out their garbage.”

Some cities are moving to an email notification basis, she noted.

Councillors Chris Kloot and Sue Attrill voted against the motion, which passed in a vote of 5-2.

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