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|Abingdon to Hold First Meeting on Proposed Citywide Trash Pickup Service
|The city of Abingdon is prepared to inform its residents Monday night about a proposed city-wide trash pick-up service that's so far been met with a lot of resistance.
The city council agreed last September to hold off on seeking bids from companies to provide the service and instead let the public decide through a referendum during the April consolidated election. Aldermen early last month approved the question that will be on the ballot, which will ask voters if the city should provide refuse, recycling and yard waste collection and disposal services to residents.
City council meetings that have included the topic of city-wide trash collection on the agenda have been heavily attended, and many people have spoken out against the plan. A group previously presented the council a petition with the signatures of more than 700 people who don't want the city, as one resident has put it, "in the retail garbage business." Among the most vocal opponents of the city's plan are Lloyd and Joanne Yoho, co-owners of Abingdon Salvage.
City officials brought up the idea of a city-wide trash pick-up program in response to trash accumulating on certain properties in town. Mayor Steve Darmer has said similar programs implemented in other communities have been very successful in alleviating the problem. Residents would be charged for the trash pick-up service on their water bills.
The first of two planned town hall meetings to provide information about the services that would be available is Monday at 6 p-m at the Abingdon Banking Center. Darmer will serve as the meeting's moderator and representatives from businesses that provide trash pick-up services are expected to be on hand. Several other city officials will also be there, and citizens who attend are welcome to ask questions.
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