City dumps garbage service, calls Rumpke

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]

The city will no longer be in the garbage business, Maysville commissioners decided Thursday.

Commissioners agreed to contract with Rumpke for residential garbage collection, a move that will save the city about $200,000 each year, Maysville City Manager Matt Wallingford said. It will also mean the city won’t be paying $175,000-$180,000 each for two units to replace trucks used for garbage pickup service, he said.

Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a contract with Rumpke at a costs of $12.50 per month per customer. The city will add 50 cents to pay for billing costs, upping the bill to $13 in January, Wallingford said.

Human Resources Director Karen Cracraft said she doesn’t expect there will be any layoffs in connection with the move to Rumpke and that instead the need for four less employees in Public Works will be achieved through attrition. That goal is near with the retirement or resignation of three employees who have not been replaced over the past several months, she said.

The city will continue to operate its recycling program and the chipper service, Wallingford said.

The city also agreed Thursday to establish a police substation in the East End at the former site of a US Bank branch on Forest Avenue. The property will be leased at a cost of $1,500 per year from Magnolia Properties and will give police a more active presence in the area.

Opening a police substation is just part of ongoing efforts by the city to improve services for residents of the East End, officials said. Over the past few months the city has moved the Danny Hay Memorial Skate Park to the East End where it is finding lots of takers, said Police Chief Ron Rice who noted those utilizing the park are also taking care of the equipment. There are also plans to establish a city park in the area on the site of a demolished tobacco warehouse.

Commissioners also discussed the street sweeper the city currently owns and operates. The equipment is smaller than a traditional street sweeper and is not designed to vacuum. Despite that, it is picking up between 1.5-2 tons of debris from streets each week, Public Works Director Mike Barbee said.

The city will discontinue services for the winter in November and began street sweeper services again in the spring, officials said. In the future, officials said they may look at buying a larger street sweeper that works more in the traditional manner.

Also Thursday, commissioners:

— Approved a resolution supporting efforts to add Mason County to counties designated as part of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

— Approved the first reading of a ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances involving the city’s sign ordinance.

— Approved the second reading of an ordinance requiring alcoholic beverage vendors in the city’s entertainment destination center to place drinks in clear cups with the vendors logo or name.

— Set a date for a special meeting for Oct. 16 at noon to hear a proposal on marketing and branding.

— Agreed to take possession of property at 428 Buckner Street for no monetary consideration but instead to comply with a court order.

Mary Ann Kearns

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