Trash Concerns

Former councilmember Teresa Murray raised concerns about garbage pickup being mostly curbside, saying that could cause hardship for those who kept their trash near the alley.

AUDUBON — The Audubon City Council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance raising garbage rates from $18 to $21 during their meeting Monday night.

The council approved a contract with Carroll Refuse Service in September and the company will begin collection of trash Jan. 1.

During Monday night’s meeting, Curt Snyder and Gerry Majerus from Carroll Refuse Service were on a hand to update the council on transition plans.

Two semi loads of trash cans will be coming to Audubon, and will be unloaded at Waspy’s. Snyder said that officials with Waspy’s had arranged to let CRS officials use a bay to stage the cans as they were being unloaded and delivered.

There are two sizes of cans and Snyder said about 61 of the smaller cans had been requested. In addition, nine individuals had requested special assistance with the cans. Those cans will be marked and when collection is done, recycle pick up employees will go to the cans and pick up the bags to put on the recycle trailer until they catch up with a garbage truck.

He also said that the company had purchased another truck to help with pick up in Audubon. After looking at alleys around the city, Snyder said about 90 percent of the pick up will be curbside.

Snyder also said that the company would continue picking up trash two days a week — currently pick up is Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but CRS officials would like to switch to Mondays and Tuesdays — with Tuesday pick ups staying the same and Wednesday pick ups going to Monday.

Pick ups earlier in the week would give the company a better chance to complete pick ups if for example, there were snow days and made the pick up schedule flow better.

Snyder said letters would be going out to residents to explain any changes, and trash cans would be delivered starting around Dec. 16.

The company’s goal, Snyder said, was to keep the process simple and to do it safely and effectively as possible.

Former councilmember Teresa Murray voiced her concerns about the company and planned pick up of trash. She said she felt she’d been lied to about the company doing garbage pick ups in the alleys and didn’t like the idea of people having to keep their trash cans near the fronts of their houses.

Council member Andy Griffith said, “I was under the assumption they would go down alleys if they could.”

City Clerk Joe Foran said the company had said it would look at going down alleys, where their vehicles could, but after going around the city, had found some places where they would not be able to pick up in the alley.

Carroll Refuse Service’s contract was for five years, at $144,342 for the first year, $155,034 for the second year and $165,726 for the third, fourth and fifth years.