Aldermen met Monday to discuss ways to extend the city’s stalled blue cart recycling program, but the official best positioned to provide basic information on the subject wasn’t even at the meeting. Streets and San commissioner Thomas Byrne couldn’t make it because he was “working on something that’s pretty time sensitive,” said 38th Ward alderman Tom Allen, who called the meeting.

So without any clear estimates about how much expansion would cost or what kind of resources would be needed, the meeting quickly dissolved into a bitch session, and aldermen left with few if any answers.