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County still looking into bulky item cleanup

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By Jimmie Earls

Washington County is still debating the bulky item cleanup program in the county. The effort to clean up after the ice storm may cause a delay in the program, but fiscal court members received nothing but positive feedback from residents in favor of the program. Since state storm cleanup will take 60 days, the county is considering putting off the bulky item cleanup until the storm cleanup is complete, possibly some time in April.

“I got a fair amount of feedback,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles. “I didn’t have anybody say not do it. I talked to Magistrate (Morris) Sweazy and his opinion from the feedback he received is that we need to have some type of bulky item pickup, and he was probably the one questioning it the most. He feels that we need to do something. My contention was that we couldn’t do both the limb pickup and the bulky item pickup. But if the state is going to do all of the debris removal, then that frees us up to do the other if we so choose.”

An option that the court discussed was to cut down on the cost of the program by letting some people still bring their items to the landfill.

“I talked to a few people and they said to maybe leave the landfill open and see how that works,” said Magistrate Terry Tingle.

“There are some people who will not bring their items to a landfill here in town,” said Magistrate Hal Goode. “Maybe there’s a way to streamline the program using prisoner labor or labor from Isaiah House. We may need to put this off a few weeks. It may be a late spring cleanup.”

“We normally start at the first of March,” said Judge Settles. “I think it’d be a great idea to wait.”

“The solid waste committee needs to meet and come up with something before the next court meeting,” said Magistrate Greg Simms, who also serves on the solid waste committee.

Judge Settles announced that the committee’s suggestion will be discussed at the next court meeting scheduled for Feb. 27 at 9 a.m.