Council adopts garbage ordinance amendment
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 20, 2010 | 1805 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jerry Warren, a BBT truck operator for the Jasper Street Department, picks up brush from a yard in Jasper Tuesday. A city ordinance was amended Tuesday so residents will not have to pay extra for the service. Photo by: David Lazenby
Jerry Warren, a BBT truck operator for the Jasper Street Department, picks up brush from a yard in Jasper Tuesday. A city ordinance was amended Tuesday so residents will not have to pay extra for the service. Photo by: David Lazenby
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The Jasper City Council amended the city’s garbage ordinance on Tuesday to allow the Street Department to once again pick up residential rubbish for no extra charge.

In addition to brush, residents will be allowed to set out non-vegetative refuse such as appliances, furniture, boxes and construction material as long as the pile does not exceed one BBT truck load. The city will haul away the debris on the customer’s normal garbage pickup day on the first and third week of each month beginning Monday, Aug. 2.

“Additional refuse can be picked up by agreement between the city and the property owner or the property owner can have a private contractor pick it up. But if it’s by the city, it will be at the city’s actual cost of pickup, which will vary from case to case,” city attorney Russ Robertson said.

The Council made changes to the garbage ordinance in March that limited the collection of refuse to grass, leaves and brush and placed a $20 fee on other pickups. That ordinance was temporarily amended by the Council two weeks ago to resume the pickup of small debris on an ad hoc basis.

Mayor Sonny Posey said Tuesday’s amendment was necessary to maintain a neat appearance around the city.

“I promised many people when the Council first made changes to the ordinance that we would do whatever it took not to allow the town to become cluttered,” Posey said.

Posey said more changes may be necessary in the future, but he does not anticipate an increase in garbage rates will be required.

In other action, the Council:

•Adopted a nuisance abatement resolution for one house located on West Kilgore Street and another on Florida Avenue.

Before voting to approve the resolution, council member Johnny Rollins expressed a concern about the number of properties that need to be cleaned up by the city.

Eight properties have been put on the list for this month, according to Rollins.

“That’s a significant amount of money and manpower to tear down these houses. I’d like to see more of it applied to repairing streets,” he said.

Rollins suggested that the structures on the nuisance abatement list should be demolished in order of priority. Posey said Council members were welcome to give their input on the matter.

“As you consider these items for approval, if you wish to prioritize them I’d recommend that you’d do that. Tell us what you want done, in what order and how high a priority you would deem it,” Posey said.

Council member Sandi Sudduth said she is diligently seeking grant funding that will allow the city to clean up neighborhoods for free.

•Approved a loan agreement from First National Bank for $251,000 that will be applied toward the purchase of a garbage truck and refinancing some old debt.

•Presented a proclamation reaffirming the city’s commitment to work toward full compliance of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed by President George H. Bush in July 1990.

Several local celebrations are planned for the 20th anniversary of the passage of the ADA. A one-act play, “Hello/Goodbye Ada Who,” will be presented at 10:30 a.m. today at the CHS Building in downtown Jasper. There will also be a 5K Run, Walk, Roll and half-mile fun run on July 29 at Gamble Park.

•Approved an ordinance annexing two parcels of land on Crescent Circle.