County garbage cans are on the way

By ED HOWELL
Posted 11/9/18

Jerry Bishop, chairman of the Walker County Commission, said Monday that garbage cans on backorder for local county garbage customers are on their way, possibly this week. Kathy Russell, who …

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County garbage cans are on the way

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Jerry Bishop, chairman of the Walker County Commission, said Monday that garbage cans on backorder for local county garbage customers are on their way, possibly this week. 

Kathy Russell, who just moved to 3144 Highway 195 in Jasper (possibly in District 1, next to the Hotspot Package store), complained that she was put on a waiting list for a garbage can when she signed up for service.

"I don't know how you can sign up for garbage pickup if there are no garbage cans, and no garbage cans on order," she said.

Russell said she was offered to be placed on a waiting list where she was 38th in line. 

"How does anyone expect to get garbage service with no garbage cans?" she asked. "Good question," Bishop said. "The answer is, I guess they don't have any. But they are being ordered. There are some on order." 

Bishop said the county's name and numbers have to be imprinted at the factory on the garbage cans, and can't be obtained overnight. Asked when the cans would arrive, he said they were expected by the end of the week, as he had coincidentally checked last week.

"I'll give you mine if you want it," he added, and offered his cell phone number for her to check back with him. The two also agreed to talk after the meeting. 

In other action on Monday, the commission: 

• Approved allowing the Jasper City Board of Education to use the old airport for Nov. 7-8 for a Nov. 8 event. Davis said it was to be used for a pep rally and bonfire before Jasper High School's playoff football game. However, the event was later moved to the high school campus.

• Agreed to give days off to the county employees based on the state holiday schedule set for Nov. 22-23 (Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving), Dec. 24-25 (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), and Jan. 1, 2019 (New Year's Day). 

• Voted to cancel the second monthly commission meetings for Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, meaning the next meetings will be on Dec. 3 and Jan. 7. 

• Approved giving support to the Toy Drive spearheaded by County Administrator Robbie Dickerson. District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis called the drive "a major blessing to our community," urging people to donate toys and funds. District 4 Commissioner Steven Aderholt urged people to help other people around them during the holiday season.

Parents and guardians will need to pre-apply for toys in advance on Nov. 14-16 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Walker County Community Action Agency, instead of waiting until the day toys are to be picked up. The maximum age for children will be lowered from 18 to 14. Toys can be picked up on a fun day set for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at 1804 Sixth Ave., at the site of the Community Action Agency's After-school program, near Lamar Glass. Funds are also being accepted to purchase larger toys, and businesses will will have collection boxes for the toys.

Checks can be made to the Holiday Toy Drive, with funds sent to Deidre Tatum, the executive director of the Community Action Agency. "They will not be mixed in with any county funds," Dickerson said recently.

For more information, one may look at the Facebook page or email at wctoydrive1@gmail.com. They may also call Dickerson at 205-302-8063.

• Voted to approve Bishop's recommendation to appoint Jasper Main Street President Jenny Brown Short as the commission's appointment to the board of directors for Cawaco Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, Inc. Short is the wife of County Engineer Mike Short.