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Martin considers opting out of landfill business

Martin considers opting out of landfill business
Should the landfill stay or go?
It’s a question that will eventually need an answer, but for now the City of Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will check into bidding out curbside garbage pickup.
At the informal board meeting Tuesday afternoon, board members discussed the idea of bidding out all the curbside pickup, excluding Barker Brothers garbage pickup until the current garbage pickup contract expires, per recommendation from the public works committee.
Alderman Danny Nanney, who chairs the public works committee, admitted that because of “ongoing expense” he believes the city should “look into getting out of the landfill business totally.”
Findings show that it would take approximately $87,760 to get the landfill in compliance plus extra expense for scales, insurance and the hiring of another employee to monitor the landfill.
Public Works Director Billy Wagster cited about 90 percent of pickup as being service brush pickup and admitted that larger items, namely furniture, was causing the biggest problem and might lead to the landfill’s eventual closure.
“We need to save what we can of the landfill for burning and burying ash,” he remarked.
The item will be placed on the agenda for Monday’s formal board meeting and two bids will be solicited at the same time – one to include brush and one to exclude brush.
Also going on the agenda under new business will be the appointment of Tom Payne to a four-year term on the Weakley County Economic Development Board beginning July 1, 2011 – June 30,2015 and a request from MTD to create a turning lane off Industrial Park Drive onto Hwy. 431 at an estimated cost of $6,280 from Ford Construction Company per recommendation from the public works committee.
The City of Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in their formal session at 5:15 p.m. on Monday.

wcp 4/7/11

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