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|Abingdon Reveals "Non-Binding" Bids for City-Wide Trash Pick-Up Service
|Abingdon residents going to the polls next month now have more information about a proposed city-wide trash pick-up service.
One of the issues that came out of an informational meeting for the public, hosted by the Abingdon City Council on February 23rd, was how much residents would pay for the service. Few details about the cost were provided because city officials initially planned to request proposals from providers only if the voters approve a referendum question on the ballot April 7th that will ask if the city should provide refuse pick-up for everyone in town.
The city council has since requested non-binding bids to give the public a better idea of what the service might cost. City Attorney Jack Ball discussed four alternatives from unnamed vendors during a special meeting Thursday night. All of the alternatives include two clean-up days a year. Ball stressed that the numbers are just a guide and not necessarily what the actual cost would be.
"What I understood came out of the town hall meeting (February 23rd) was everbody was a little curious about what the numbers were. Now we don't know what they're going to be exactly, but what we asked the (vendors) to do was give (the city) an estimate of a range of what you think your charges might be for those services that we might be asking you to bid on."
The cost for "Alternate 1" is $16 to $20 a month per household for an unlimited number of cans, bags or approved bundles. The second alternate limits weekly collection to 6 refuse items in either 35 gallon cans, bags or approved bundles for $15 to $18 a month per household. "Alternate 3" charges $15 to $17 a month for a weekly collection of up to 4 refuse items per household in either 35 gallon cans, bags or approved bundles. The fourth alternate limits weekly collection to wheeled refuse carts for $15 to $17 a month per household.
Ball says bi-weekly recycling and unlimited weekly collection of yard waste would cost extra. The cost for a refuse service, if approved by the voters and acted on by the city, would appear on residents' water bills. The non-biding bids did not indicate what the charges might be for businesses or commercial users.
City-wide trash collection has been a hot button issue since the city council began discussing it last year. Not everyone in town currently has trash pick-up, which city officials blame for some of the eyesore properties in Abingdon.
|03 20 09 by Newsroom
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