Martin Board considers pickup

Martin Board considers pickup
The City of Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be voting on whether or not to continue with Barker Brothers for curbside pickup Monday night.
At the informal board meeting Tuesday night, Barker Brothers came in with the lowest bid of $7.80 per home per month. The second-lowest bidder was Freedom Waste with $12 per house per month, including brush pick-up and $10 excluding brush.
The Public Works committee recommended going with Barker Brothers and the issue was placed on the agenda for next Monday night’s meeting.
In new business, the board decided to take bids on a new pumper truck before addressing the matter on the agenda.
The old truck, a 1991 model, needs about $35,000 worth of work to get it back into working order. It is currently out of commission and is the only truck of its kind equipped to go out around the county.
A new truck would cost about $270,000. If the board decides to get a new truck, the first payment will be due one year from the delivery date.
On Monday, the board will discuss purchasing an additional outdoor warning siren for the Landrum Woods subdivision area to be paid by extending the period of utility bill collections for the sirens until all sirens are paid in full. The total cost would be $24,154, but the board has plans to negotiate the price.
Jim White, a resident of the original section of Landrum Woods, requested a centerline to be painted on the portion of the road from the railroad tracks to the telephone company.
Estimates will be obtained and discussed Monday night.
In announcements, Weldon Library director Roberta Peacock reported the semi-annual book sale will take place starting today and go through Monday. This is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library.
Basic computer classes will be offered May 23-27.
Parks and Recreation director Brian Moore reported big numbers for the Touch-a-Truck event last Saturday.
He commended everyone for helping make it a success.
The Martin Formal Board meeting will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, May 9 in the City Courtroom.

wcp 5/5/11

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