Commission OK’s garbage rate increase
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 02, 2013 | 1371 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Commission voted Monday to raise fees for waste management services.

The rate for residential garbage pick-up was raised from $12 to $14 per month. District One Commissioner Keith Davis said that is in line with the average rate around the state of $14.83.

He added that some counties charge as much as $28 per month.

“With the new equipment coming and us providing the first can free of charge, these are rate adjustments that need to be made. To my knowledge, a rate adjustment has not been made in the last 10 to 15 years,” Davis said.

Landfill prices are now $5 per vehicle, $10 per utility trailer and $15 per large trailer. Dumpster prices were also increased.

In other action, the commission:

•accepted an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to improve 1.6 miles of roadway on Blackburn Road that leads into Drummond Company’s Shoal Creek Mine.

The county will be receiving $796,100 for the project.

•granted permission for Xinergy of Alabama to conduct surface mining and reclamation operations within the 100 foot setback of Pleasant Hill Road and King Manasco Road. County engineer David Edgil said the company has submitted a safety plan that would entail installing a guardrail along the area which will be mined.

“In the past, we have allowed a mining company to mine within 30 feet of the edge of pavement as long as their safety plan is approved,” Edgil said.

•hired Eddie Jackson to provide legal services. Chairman Billy Luster said Jackson is already doing some work for the county and will work in conjunction with county attorney Hank Wiley.

•entered into a one-year contract with Jim Wood Auction Company Inc. Luster clarified that the county will not have to use the company each time it has surplus equipment to auction.

Commissioners Steven Aderholt said he is also looking into the possibility of the county using the website GovDeals.com.

•approved travel expenses for Commissioners Davis and Aderholt for June. District Two Commissioner Dan Wright voted against the measure.

•approved a bid by Edko LLC for herbicide to be used in right-of-way spraying. The low bid was $40 per acre.

•recognized Jeremy Chambers of the Walker County Solid Waste Department as employee of the month.