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Record #: F2014-53   
Type: Report Status: Placed on File
Intro date: 6/25/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 6/25/2014
Title: Inspector General's report regarding Department of Streets and Sanitation Garbage Ordinance Enforcement Audit
Sponsors: Dept./Agency
Topic: REPORTS - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. F2014-53.pdf
Office of Inspector General
City of Chicago

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Joseph M. Kerguson Inspector General
City of Chicago

740 N. Sedgwick Street, Suite 200 Chicago, Illinois 60654 Telephone: (773) 478-7799 Fax: (773)478-3949

June 20, 2014

To the Mayor, Members of the City Council, City Clerk, City Treasurer, and residents of the City of Chicago:

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed an audit of the Department of Streets and Sanitation's (DSS) enforcement of certain service eligibility restrictions in the DSS ordinance, Municipal Code of Chicago (MCC) § 7-28-240. OIG reviewed DSS garbage service to multi-unit dwellings covered by the ordinance's "grandfather" clause and DSS garbage service to specific not-for-profit organizations. The combined impact of these services is the expenditure of nearly $6.6 million in taxpayer-funded City resources.

The "grandfather" clause in MCC § 7-28-240 provides for City garbage collection service to certain multi-unit dwellings that would otherwise be required to procure private garbage service. Until recently, DSS's "grandfather list" had not been updated since 2007 and contained 2,402 properties. An informal survey by DSS, following initial OIG inquiries, concluded in March 2014 that collection service was still being provided to approximately 1,839 multi-unit dwellings pursuant to the ordinance's grandfather clause. DSS is also providing City garbage service to 1,393 not-for-profit organizations. (As part of the release of this audit, both lists may be found on OIG's website.) According to DSS's own estimates, garbage service to these multi-unit dwellings and not-for-profit organizations costs the Ci...

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