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It’s no wonder there is so little accountability for failures in the city of Columbia’s stewardship of municipal utilities when the city council itself is hands-on complicit in the calamity it is supposed to be governing.

We learn this week that utilities Director David Sorrell admits to not even bothering to look at data prepared by city staff that may have foretold the wasted $2 million, two-year fiasco with logoed garbage bags and the soon-to-be abandoned “pay-as-you-throw” curbside pickup program. Then-Mayor Brian Treece wanted it, then-City Manager John Glascock did Treece’s bidding, and the then-city council went along with little other validation.

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Mike Murphy is publisher of COMO BUZ and a regular contributor. He can be reached at m.murphy@buzcomm.com

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