County on trash: Give it a month

Published 9:41 pm Monday, July 14, 2014

Advanced Disposal has one more month to improve service in Pike County before commissioners take matters into their own hands. During Monday’s meeting, commissioners encouraged constituents to continue calling them with any additional complaints about service and formed a committee to monitor Advanced Disposal.

If problems are not corrected, Commissioner Joey Jackson said commissioners would consider ending the contract and putting out another bid for waste services.

“We’re monitoring this by the calls we receive and we will give them at least a month more. If we’re coming up with the same results, I think the rest of this administration would be in agreement that we will make a change,” said Jackson.

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Several commissioners said they had received calls from constituents. “We’ve been flooded with calls,” said Commissioner Jimmy Barron. “And that’s from people who are paying their bills.”

David Helms asked commissioners to form a committee to determine uses for the Rock Building and hear what repairs would cost from Whaley Consruction. Commissioner Robin Sullivan said the commission already had a committee and would be happy to hear from Whaley.

The commission also passed a resolution for the bond issue that would cover the ESCO contract of upgrades to county buildings. The county borrowed $1.8 million at an interest rate of 3.27 percent, which makes the total cost of the loan more than $2.5 million. The largest portion of that expense came from upgrades and repairs to the Pike County Courthouse.

“It’s never a good thing to have to borrow money but it’s a positive thing that we got a good rate,” said County Administrator Harry Sanders.

When the project was first introduced, the county’s credit rating (the equivalent of a credit score) was 8. Raymond James Financial issued the bond. Matt Adams, senior vice president of public finance, said the county’s rating had improved to 8.2. The improvement saved the county .5 percent in interest.

“I think that’s something for this county to be proud of,” said Adams. “The purchasing contract locked in an interest rate of $125,000 a year.”

Commissioners also recognized Charles Henderson High School’s state championship. Coaches and several players were on hand to accept certificates.