Grantville Council talks trash
by Clay Neely
Mayor Jim Sells wants the trash off the streets of Grantville.
At the Tuesday evening meeting of the Grantville City Council, the issue of bulk pick-up items left by the curb of local residences was discussed.
According to Sells, the city is currently experiencing an overabundance of bulk items and yard debris being placed in the right-of-way all over town, thus causing the city to look bad.
“We have people leaving old mattresses, broken toilets and other garbage by the curb for weeks and it’s very distracting,” Sells said. “It’s my goal to find a way for the council to control this.”
Sells would like to see the current trash resolution, which states that trash can not be left outside for pickup for more than 24 hours, amended to include bulk items as well.
David Hunt, residential development manager for Waste Industries, spoke to the council in regards to clarifying the company’s pick-up schedule.
Waste Industries currently provides bulk pick-up service to their customers at no cost – picking up these items on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.
“We currently ask that our customers call City Hall and request to be added to the bulk pick-up list,” Hunt said. “City Hall then notifies us of the addresses with bulk items to be picked up. At that time, the customer is advised not to place the items on the curb until the Wednesday prior to pick-up.”
Councilman Johnny Cooks inquired about the seasonal frequency of bulk pick-up service, and inquired about the possibility of a comprehensive sweep of the town, eliminating all curbside waste at once.
“It would be more organized if it was a called in process rather than driving around the city looking for trash on the curb,” Hunt said. “There have been instances where we picked up waste that hadn’t been called in only to have the resident inquire what we were doing, stating that they were saving the wood for a relative – things like that.”
Hazardous waste is excluded from bulk pick-up – items such as paint, tires and batteries will not be accepted by Waste Industries.
Sells would like to see a resolution at the next council meeting that would add that bulk pick-up items can not be placed curbside more than 24 hours prior to collection.
Also discussed at the council meeting were:
• A resolution authorizing the execution and delivery of certain amended and restated power sales contacts regarding the Plant Vogtle additional units at the nuclear plant near Augusta.
Stuart Jones, senior regional manager of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) projected an annual savings of $45 million dollars over the span of the loan.
“It’s a substantial savings,” Jones said. “It allows us to take advantage of the Department of Energy financing.”
The motion to accept the resolution passed unanimously.
• Consideration of the Watershed Water Quality and Biological Monitoring for Watershed Protection Plan Compliance. This item was moved to the next council meeting along with the final adoption of a zoning ordinance regarding signs.