Brundidge may end dumpster fees

Published 11:38 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Brundidge City Council held an 11 a.m. meeting on Tuesday and worked from a short agenda.

City Manager Britt Thomas reported that the city’s redistricting map is being reviewed by the Justice Department. The attorney, who assisted the city with the drawing of the map, said that he expects the plan to be approved.

Thomas also displayed a chart that showed the proposed district lines for State Senate District 30 and State House District 89.

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“If the [State Senate] district lines stay as proposed, Sen. Bryan Taylor will no longer be Pike County’s state senator,” Thomas said. “The proposed district lines include all of Pike, Coffee, and Covington counties and a portion of Dale County, including Fort Rucker but not the City of Ozark.”

Thomas said the State House 89 District should remain the same.

Thomas also discussed a possible non-exclusive franchise agreement with businesses that are placing dumpsters at businesses within the city limits. He said the council will have to decide whether or not to set a dumpster fee, which would probably be passed on to the customer.

The council members said agreed that a zero fee would entice more businesses to Brundidge. However, they were in agreement that any waste collected in the city should be taken to the Brundidge Landfill.

Thomas gave an overview of the Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Annual report for the city of Brundidge.

He said the city received a very favorable report.  The city’s wastewater treatment facility is permitted to discharge an average of 600,000 gallons of treated wastewater into the creek every 24 hours. Currently, the discharge is 291,000 gallons every 24 hours.

The amount of permitted high strength waste into the system is 5,895 pounds per day. The system is treating 4,013 pounds a day, which is 68 percent of capacity.

The council voted in favor of a Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday, which will be initiated in July 2012. In subsequent years, the tax holiday will be in February. The weather preparedness tax holiday will be in effect until it is rescinded.

The Brundidge City Council meets regularly at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Brundidge City Hall. All meeting are open to the public.