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Trash collection problems heard

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The hot topic of discussion at last week’s Chambers County Commission meeting was a problem with waste collection that has been occurring in the county over the past month. A representative from Advanced Disposal was on hand to discuss problems in the service and heard several comments from citizens and commissioners about their concerns.

Resident Herbert Fickey spoke to the commission during the public comments portion of the meeting and said he had been notified that his day of trash pickup had changed, but that when he put his can out that day, the trash was not collected. He said that conversations with the county’s solid waste office and Advanced had not resolved the problem.

Billy Porter of Advanced Disposal was at the meeting to explain that the company was doing a reroute in the county. He said that the move was done to improve service, but there have been problems with the reroute and lapses in service have occurred.

Commissioners Debbie Wood and David Eastridge told Porter that there have been several complaints dating back a month. “The past month has been a nightmare,” Eastridge said.

County Attorney Skip McCoy noted much frustration comes from the fact that people pre-pay for the service. Porter said he understood that people were upset and he promised to have the problems under control by the end of the week. He also acknowledged that the company should offer credits for missed pickups.

Phyllis Lindsey of the county’s solid waste disposal office told commissioners about an elderly couple that had not had their garbage picked up in five weeks. Lindsey and solid waste officer Jim Tynes actually went out and picked up the couple’s garbage because it had gotten so bad.

The commissioners reiterated to Porter that it was crucial that the problem be fixed.

In a related waste disposal issue, Cal Franklin of Arrow Disposal was on the agenda to tell the commission that his company would be bidding on the county’s solid waste contract for next year. Franklin noted that he was unaware that the previous garbage issue discussion was on the agenda for the meeting.

In another noteworthy action at the meeting, commissioners approved a two-year extension to the contract of County Manager John Dendy. He will continue to work part-time at an annual salary of $22,000 and will be reimbursed for travel in his personal vehicle.

In other business, the commission:

•Approved the county’s participation in the state’s 2013 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday scheduled for Feb. 22-24.

•Approved the county holiday schedule and commission meeting schedule for 2013.

•Declared a 2000 Chrysler 300M seized on a drug arrest as surplus in order to sell the vehicle.

•Schedule a meeting of the Rules, Ways and Means Committee for 7:45 am CST on Dec. 10 at McCoy’s office in Lanett.

•Informed resident Lonnie Owensby that a hole in County Road 217 is scheduled for repairs.

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