Woodland Mills approached about recycling program

Woodland Mills approached about recycling program
Associate Editor
Barkers Brothers and Republic Services are looking for a town in Obion County to get a curbside recycling program started. They currently run programs in the Mayfield, Ky., and Paducah, Ky., areas.
Bryan Barker and Dave Bragg appeared before the Woodland Mills mayor and board of aldermen Monday night to ask the city’s leaders to consider the program.
Barker offered an increase of only $1 per residence per month to help cover the cost of the new containers to be used for the recyclables, while also eliminating the city’s contracted increase until 2014. After that, the city would have a 3 percent increase per year for a total contract period of five years. The company would pick up garbage one week and recyclables the next. The new containers would be blue with green lids.
Barker said he figures the increase of the $1 per month, offset by the reduction in the contracted pickup fee, would amount to about a 55-cent increase per residence per month.
A recent offer made to the leaders of Union City included a $2.95 per month, per household fee and a reduction of the contracted increase of 41⁄2 percent to 3 percent. The Union City city council declined the company’s offer.
Included in items which could be diverted from the landfill are newspaper, white paper, junk mail, cardboard, food boxes, plastic containers, food cans and aluminum cans. Bragg said the containers should be washed out. Glass, although a highly recyclable item, is not included because the very low price paid does not make it worth sorting. Barker said the best price they could get is $5 per ton if the glass containers are separated by color. That price would not even pay for the labor to separate the glass, Bragg said.
Barker said once the program is implemented and the residents are on board and recycling, the garbage disposal fee should decrease because less garbage will be going into the landfill. He said the Lone Oak, Ky., area went from having about eight pounds per household every other week to 25 pounds of recyclables.
“It’s a good plan and it’s reasonable,” he said.
Alderman Tom Menees said it is a good idea that should have been done long ago.
Later in the meeting, after Barker and Bragg left, alderman Waymon Reagan said he would have to talk to residents about the program to see if it is something they would like to do.
Menees and Mayor Wade Carrington agreed.
Menees said there will be some people who like it and someone people who don’t.
After the meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Menees and in prayer by Reagan, the board:
• Heard from resident Wilber McWherter, who said the manhole near his home was covered up during the recent paving project. Maintenance employee Perry Carr told the board he knows where the manhole is and that it is accessible. McWherter also asked if he could use Roundup® next to the roadway. Carr said he usually sprays, but the board gave its permission to McWherter.
• Learned no property taxes were collected in August. Unpaid property taxes include $167 for 2009, $419 from 2010 and $1,058 for 2011. Charter still owes the city a $15 utility fee from 2009.
• Approved August financial statements, including total assets of $7,525.64 in the refuse collection fund, $7,551.57 in the street aid fund, $570,961.02 in the sewer fund and $156,111.67 in the general fund.
• Discussed recent projects in the city. The board heard renovations at the Civic Center look good, but that the old floor needs to be stripped. A little water is still getting into the building, with Carr thinking it is coming in through the air conditioning vents. It was also noted the floors in the bathrooms need to be repainted.
The street project has been completed at a cost of $76,140. Carrington said the need to pave the streets was the main reason the city started charging a property tax.
The board agreed to cash in two CDs worth $63,004 to help pay for the expenditures. A loan payment from the sewer fund will also be transferred to the general fund.
• Voted to seek legal advice concerning the Thomas Jordan property. Carrington said he has received too many complaints about the property. The city has been in touch with family members for many years, but the property has not been properly maintained. The city may have to clean up the property and then place a lien on it, he said.
• Heard there is someone who needs to do community service and has requested to work some of those hours in Woodland Mills. Carrington said he doesn’t have anything against it, but the city needs to check with the insurance company first.
• Was asked by Reagan about the possibility of painting the fence at the pumping station.
• Agreed to purchase a quarter page ad in the Lake Road yearbook.
• Heard it is time to codify the city’s ordinance book again. Carrington will check about the cost.
• Learned Carrington has been speaking with Tennessee Department of Transportation officials about culverts and ditches, including one in Maplehurst Subdivision which TDOT reduced from a 30-inch culvert to a 24-inch culvert and which now cannot handle the water flow, causing flooding in the area. There may be a need to build a catch basin.
• Agreed to draw names of residents to give away two tickets to each of the Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County concerts during the 2012-13 season. The next concert will be Collin Raye on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Union City Civic Auditorium.
Published in The Messenger 9.12.12

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