Friday, December 7, 2007

City Hall dumping blues

I got them city hall dumping blues, may be a snappy tune.

But don't mess with Texas.

Picture is of the actual dumping outside the doors of city hall

Woman found guilty in recycling debut

By David Saleh Rauf: The Herald-Zeitung

Singer/songwriter Jessica Shepherd says she was inspired to write the melody for one of the tunes on her latest album while traveling on a train through Italy. The 41-year-old Texas country singer can now add the City of New Braunfels to her list of inspirations for songs. Since August of 2006, the red-headed musician has been embroiled in a beef with the city over a pile of recyclables. Shepherd claims the city neglected to pick up recyclables left in her front yard over a seven-month span, despite paying a $5.25 monthly fee to the city for recycling collection.From November of 2005 to May of 2006, Shepherd said she made 37 phone calls to the city about the matter and had her recyclables picked up once around February. So when the paper, plastic and glass in her recycling bin grew into a heap weighing more than 20 pounds over the next three months, she decided to act by “returning the recyclables,” to the city.

“Finally after all the attempts I decided to protest,” she said. Her “protest” took the form of a mass dumping on the city. On the morning of Aug. 24, 2006, Shepherd gathered the recyclables that had accumulated in her front yard since about March and dumped them in front of City Hall — all 22 pounds of them. Shepherd also left a letter taped to the door with a message for the city: “Do your job!!”