It appears there is a consistent effort on the part of the City to waste money on efforts not needed. The City staff should be tasked with negotiating with the existing solid waste contractor instead of going through a bidding process. The cost of existing service is one of the more reasonable services we pay for. What the City should be doing is looking at why the residents are being charged so much for services provided by Alderwood Water and Wastewater. The Wastewater portion of the bill is onerous and probably not justified.