Garbage meetings continue this week

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County officials meet tonight, with city officials Thursday

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Fiscal Court Legislative Committee will reconvene tonight and then again Thursday with Shelbyville city officials to continue the talks on city/county curbside garbage pickup.

Last week officials met to discuss the topic – and it appears that they have reached a consensus on moving forward as a single entity – but not yet how they’ll move forward.

County Magistrate and head of the legislative committee Tony Carriss said the county still has several issues be worked out.

“The legislative committee’s main topic on Wednesday [tonight] will be more on the line of do we want this as a franchise, universal or do we want to let people choose what they want to do,” he said. “We’re still working on that, and I think the city is a little further ahead than we are right now.”

Carriss said that once the committee reaches a decision, it would then need a vote from the entire fiscal court.

Carriss also noted that officials had not heard back from M&M Sanitation or Rumpke with the requested estimates for the service. Both companies had representatives at last week’s meeting.

Another issue the county will have to tackle, which magistrates started discussing at the previous meeting, is billing. The city already has the infrastructure in place to add the costs to the city water bills.

Other issues the group has started discussing involve when trash should be picked up, whether or not bulk items could be collected at curbside, discounts for senior citizens and the disabled and whether recycling should be included.

“There is still a long way to go and a lot of decisions to be made,” Carriss said.


Upcoming meetings

Today:Legislative Committee of the Shelby County Fiscal Court will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Stratton Center

THURSDAY:County legislative committee and city representatives will met at 6:30 p.m. in the Tulip Room at Shelbyville City Hall to review potential rates from garbage companies