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Today's News

  • EARLIER: Garbage still on the table for Shelbyville

    The Shelbyville City Council remains interested in pursuing information on curbside trash and recycling for residents despite the county’s decision to step away from the concept.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said last week he will continue to investigate the idea and said the council has seemed interested in continuing on without the county.

    “It’s definitely still on the table for us, and we’re interested in looking into it further,” he said.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville officials dispute complaint about garbage service

    Simpsonville officials on Wednesday disputed a claim that a senior resident of the city had been ignored when complaining about problems with the city’s curbside garbage pickup.

    The issue arose last week when a Shelby County resident, Karen Waller of the Majestic Oaks development just outside Simpsonville, told members of the Shelby County Fiscal Court Legislative Committee that her father, Ben McAdams, had significant problems with garbage pickup and received no response from the city of Simpsonville or the city’s garbage contractor.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville will continue with curbside pickup plan

    The once solid solid-waste and recycling plan being developed by officials from Shelbyville and Shelby County again will be a fragmented effort among three government bodies.

    Members of the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee made it official Thursday, saying that it was not moving forward with a curbside plan and leaving the city of Shelbyville and the 109 Solid Waste Board to fend for their own plans.

  • EARLIER: Next step for garbage is to build the new facility

    Now that mandatory curbside pickup for county residents is no longer being considered, plans for a new solid-waste facility will move ahead without further delay, officials say.

    The county’s 109 Board, the entity in charge of solid waste in the county, met Wednesday to iron out details for a facility that would replace the Convenience Center in Waddy and the Recycling Center on 7th Street, to serve as a combined service.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County officials decide against mandatory trash pickup

    Shelby County officials, under fire from three residents at a meeting Wednesday night, appear to have softened their position on whether to implement mandatory curbside garbage/recycling pickup for county residents.

    Members of the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee, who have been spearheading aggressive plans for such a system, said after the gathering at Stratton Center that they have dropped the idea of a mandatory service, citing concerns with billing issues and a burden on senior citizens.

  • EARLIER: Garbage talks advance to rates, billing

    As soon as a joint meeting between Shelbyville and Shelby County officials convened Wednesday night to discuss potential curbside trash collection for residents, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty got right to the point.

    "We want curbside pickup, and we feel like a single system for the city and the county in a two-tiered system would be the best approach," Hardesty said.

  • EARLIER: City, county forming garbage committees

    City and county officials are in the process of putting together committees to explore what actions to take – and how they might work together – concerning solid waste in Shelby County.

    Magistrate Hubie Pollett, who is one of four magistrates that comprise the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee, said committee members should be in place by next week.

  • EARLIER: City-county trash deal: Details to come

    An hour-long joint workshop by city and county officials Wednesday night to discuss the aspect of the two governments working together on the issue of curbside pickup ended up with a both sides hopeful that could happen.

    Magistrate Tony Carriss, chair of the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee, led the discussion at the Stratton Center, attended by members of the Shelbyville City Council, Mayor Tom Hardesty, the legislative commission and two members of the 109 Board, the entity that is responsible for solid waste disposal for the county.

  • EARLIER: City, county to hold joint session on trash

    Shelby County and Shelbyville will meet tonight to discuss a collaborative approach to creating curbside garbage and recycling pickup for the public.

  • EARLIER: Decision time on garbage pickup

    When Shelby County’s 109 Board proposed a new solid-waste facility and began a series of public meetings in mid-January, a consistent question emerged: Can we get curbside garbage pickup and recycling in Shelby County?

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court’s legislative committee will meet with the board Thursday to discuss the possibility of Shelby’s joining the ranks of surrounding counties that do provide that service to residents.