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Aldermen vote today on solid waste ordinance

July 18, 2011

By CARL SMITH
sdnnews@bellsouth.net

An ordinance addressing changes to the city’s solid waste ordinance regarding rubbish pickup requirements and nomenclature is on the agenda for a vote by the Starkville Board of Aldermen following the issue’s second public hearing Tuesday.
The proposed ordinance changes can be found posted on the city’s website. Notable changes include increasing the size of limbs and other commercial waste the city will remove, redefining terms — definitions for “domestic waste,” “tree trimmings” and “garden trash” would exclude stumps, logs and tree trunks — changing the window for curbside pickup and resetting the severity of trash violations on Jan. 1 of each year.
In regard to size and dimension changes, a diameter limit for commercial waste — “trees, shrubs, weeds, plants, grass and other growing things or parts of growing things which accumulate as a result of clearing, pruning, construction or other operations” — pickup would increase from 6 to 8 inches, and the length limit would increase from 7 to 10 feet, while the window for garbage bag placement would change to 5-7 a.m. on scheduled collection days.
Following discussion, aldermen could vote to accept or dismiss the changes.
Since the town hall meeting last week where city officials and consultants unveiled plans for a new municipal complex and subsequent renovations to City Hall, Mayor Parker Wiseman said he has received feedback on the issue, but the board of aldermen will not discuss the topic in depth Tuesday. Another potential town hall could be scheduled for early August, but a date had yet to be set.
In other board business, aldermen will:
u Decide the need to purchase a truck for the drinking water division from the state in the amount of $17,936 and a compact excavator from Williams Equipment in the amount of $20,090;
u Consider rotating road names of Reed, Garrard and Pat Station Roads. In this agenda item, Reed Road would be renamed Garrard Road from the intersection of Reed and Garrard to the western city limits, Pat Station Road would be renamed Garrard Road from the intersection of Old West Point Road to the eastern city limits and a portion of an east-to-west flowing road under construction would be renamed Garrard Road. The board will also consider changing the traffic control structure of the Garrard and Reed Road intersection to a three-way traffic stop;
u Possibly make an appointment for the vacant Historic Preservation Commission position. The vacant committee position’s term ends July 1, 2014;
u Introduce Bobbie Jordan and Thalmus Morgan, two new employees in the city’s sanitation and environmental services department’s landscape division;
u Present retirement plaques for eight city employees.

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