City eyes automated trash collection

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
Maysville City Commission -

Automated trash collection could be coming to Maysville in the near future.

City commissioners heard from Mike Dahlmann, owner of Indianapolis-based Best Equipment Co., Thursday on bringing automated garbage collection to the city.

Several commissioners traveled to Indianapolis in December to observe how automated collection works in that city, according to Commissioner Kelly Ashley.

Dahlmann explained how an automated collection truck would travel the city’s garbage collection route with a robotic arm that swings out, lifts a specially designed container, and dumps trash and recyclables into the truck’s compactor bin.

Automated collection brings some basic benefits to municipalities which incorporate the service into city services, Dahlmann said. That includes a reduction in budget costs since the truck requires only one person to operate it, as opposed to up to six for manual collection. And the cost of hauling the trash is reduced since the containers keep it dry, meaning it weighs less. It also means a gain in productivity, efficiency and safety, he said.

As a bonus, the use of automated collection means a cleaner city, Dahlmann said.

“Its civic pride, it shows people that you care,” he said.

The city could buy a collection truck or trucks and the containers on a municipal lease purchase plan spread out over a period of up to seven years, officials said.

While other city departments have updated technology over time, trash collection hasn’t received its due, Dahlmann said.

“It’s time,” he said.

No price tag was attached to the proposal and commissioners and Mayor David Cartmell did not take any action on the issue.

Also Thursday, commissioners heard from City Manager Matt Wallingford on progress to turn city-owned property on Forest Avenue into a park and a site for the city’s skate park equipment.

The property on Forest Avenue was once the site of a tobacco warehouse and was donated to the city by the property owner.

Plans for the park include a basketball court, walking track, benches, a gazebo and, at some point an amphitheater, according to officials, along with the relocated skate boarding equipment currently located on flood-prone property behind the public library. The current park is named after fallen Police Officer Dany Hay and is being moved with his family’s blessing.

Wallingford said there has been a slight holdup as an environmental accessment is continuing and results may not be available until late fall. In the meantime, he suggested the city will do some site work and look into asbestos removal to make the site more presentable.

In other business, commissioners:

— Accepted the resignation of Tourism Director Suzy Pratt who cited family concerns for her decision.

— Approved the retirement of Terry Stamper from the Public Works Department.

— Approved the promotion of Police Officer Paul Mellenkamp to sergeant.

— Agreed to hire Suzan Baldwin CPA for the city’s 2018 audit.

— Agreed to an annual lease with KCTCS for MCTC’s College Cafe at the Cox Building at a cost of $6,000.

Commissioners retired into executive session to discuss pending litigation.

Maysville City Commission City Commission

Mary Ann Kearns

[email protected]