It seems many people, from youth to the elderly, have spoken about this citywide problem. The city manager and staff have devoted many hours of work to respond to the problem and find a solution. The proposed solution may very well work if people will act instead of being acted upon.
In the Jan, 19 Daily Republic, Ian Morrow, 12, wrote a well-thought-out letter titled, “Shopping cart insanity around Fairfield,” In the Jan. 29 Daily Republic, Ryan McCarthy wrote a detailed, instructive article on how to report abandoned carts. This process, if followed by all residents – those who live in the city and those passing through the city – may help expedite the removal of the unsightly abandoned carts.
McCarthy listed three ways to report the locations. First way is to visit www.cartretrieval.net. Click on the red button and fill in the online cart reporting form. The second way is call 800-252-4613 and leave a voice message with the address of the cart’s location. The third way is to download CartSnap iOS app for free from the iPhone store, and follow the directions. The app will soon be available on the Android platform.
In addition to the resident reporting process, Fairfield recently adopted a shopping cart ordinance that may help prevent safety hazards created by the carts. Companies have marked the carts with signage that states it is unlawful to remove carts from the premises. This whole process was democracy in action. If further information is needed, kindly call Dawn La Bar at 428-7749. Let’s all be the change agent in the change we want to see.