Arrow Disposal offers help

Published 10:48 pm Monday, July 28, 2014

Richard Urrutia, president of Arrow Disposal Service, told Pike County commissioners he would be more than willing to handle trash pick-up services to the area.

“We’re smaller than the big guys, but we have bigger hearts than the big guys,” he said.

During a work session held before Monday’s commission meeting, Urrutia explained why he could do a better job than Advanced Disposal has of distinguishing between those who have paid their bill and those who have not.

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Urrutia provides stickers for paying customers to display on their trashcans. He sends a new color every quarter. Those without a sticker do not get service.

Stickers won’t solve every problem, but Urrutia said it would help reduce the number of nonpaying customers and those who are unsatisfied with service. “Nothing’s 100 percent,” he said. “You have to work to get it down.”

Urrutia said an important component of better service is enforcement. He would like to see Pike County have an enforcement officer whose sole job is trash collection. The county currently has an officer responsible for enforcing trash and animal control.

No action as taken on the matter.

Commissioners also heard from Alec Whaley, who shared with them the condition of the Rock Building. He could not provide an estimate on the project until a purpose for the building was determined, but said he could preserve the outer rock walls.

The commission also approved the use of $15,000 from the capital improvement fund to fix County Road 2262 and up to $15,000 more to fix a portion of the road near Hopewell Church.

The next scheduled meeting will be Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., with a work session at 5:15 p.m.