WM to host town hall meeting on recycling

WM to host town hall meeting on recycling
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Woodland Mills Mayor Wade Carrington says he’s all for starting a recycling program in the city, but he wants to give city residents one more opportunity to express their opinions.
Carrington on Tuesday night called for the city to host a town hall meeting Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at City Hall to allow residents to ask questions about the proposed plan to start a recycling program in Woodland Mills.
Bryan Barker and Dave Bragg with Republic Services were at Tuesday’s meeting and will return for the town hall meeting. Barker said he will bring a container and examples of items which can be recycled through their program. Included in items which can be diverted from the landfill are newspaper, white paper, junk mail, cardboard, food boxes, plastic containers, food cans and aluminum cans.
At a meeting in September, Barker offered Woodland Mills 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.
Barker said at last month’s meeting that 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.
Woodland Mills resident and Obion County Director of Solid Waste Mike Cary was at Tuesday’s meeting to express his desire that the city start a recycling program.
“It would be great if a town like ours could be an example,” he said, adding he’s hoping for a success story.
Cary said as a county employee he cannot play favorites, but he thinks it is wonderful that Republic Services has taken it upon itself to start a recycling program.
Aldermen Tom Menees and Waymon Reagan both expressed support for the program. Menees said the people he talked to did not like having the extra expense, but understood that it is a program that needs to be started. Reagan said he only spoke with one person who did not want the program. All the others did. Carrington added the few people who spoke to him about it were for it as well.
In other business, after the meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Carrington and in prayer by Reagan, the board:
• Heard from resident Wilbur McWherter that grass is already growing through the new asphalt on Mount Herman Street.
• Passed a resolution amending the budget by $85,000. It covers non-budgeted expenses for recent street paving and work completed at the civic center.
• Approved the financial reports, including total assets of $7,619.91 in the refuse collection fund, $7,711.36 in the street aid fund, $566,251.05 in the sewer fund and $71,302.25 in the general fund.
• Heard no property taxes were paid within the past month. Amounts still owed to the city include $167 from 2009, $419 from 2010 and $1,058 from 2011. The city is also still owed a $15 utility fee from Charter dating back to 2009. Reagan said the city will never collect the fee from Charter and should just write it off. No such action was taken.
• Set the city’s Fall Clean Up for Oct. 29. Items should be placed curbside no later than 7 a.m.
• Learned the mayor has not been able to contact any of the owners of the Jordan property. The board decided to have maintenance employee Perry Carr look at the property to see what the city can do to start the clean up process. The owners will be billed to reimburse the city for any expenses.
• Discussed a house on South Thompson Street. Circumstances make the board believe the residents have had the Union City-provided water to the property turned off. Should the residents be using well water, there is the possibility they are still using the city’s sewer system without paying for it. There is also the possibility the residents are still utilizing the city’s garbage pickup service, which the residents are currently not paying for. The owners at the property have also not paid property taxes for the past two years. The mayor will try to make contact to verify a water source.
• Was asked about the possibility of changing suppliers of ink cartridges for the city’s printer. The cost of the brand name ink is about $25 less than the current prices quoted to the city by other local businesses, while a generic name ink is almost $100 less. No decision was made.
• Heard the mayor dropped the smart phone technology for his city phone, saving the city $35 per month. Published in The Messenger 10.10.12

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