January 15, 2014 9:34:41 AM
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Millport residents will soon have new, durable trash canisters.
The Millport town council Monday voted unanimously to renew the town's contract with Waste Management in a deal that will see residents in the town's 349 houses receive a free trash canister. Mayor Icie Wriley said she was unsure of exactly what the canisters will look like but she likened them to the thick plastic canisters that have lids and wheels.
"It seems like we're the only place in the county that didn't have them," Wriley said after Monday's council meeting.
The town was slated to renew its contract with Waste Management for garbage pickup services in June; so long as terms of the current contract carry over to the new deal, Millport will renew the deal early.
According to Wriley, Lamar County Solid Waste; last week offered a similar deal to residents who live in Lamar County.
"In doing this, we have some residents who think the front porch is where you pile garbage," councilman Stanley Allred joked. "This should help clean up a lot of streets."
In other business, the council discussed the condition of a handful of city streets and how to fund repairs. Wriley said she discussed pursuing a federal grant to repave city streets, particularly a pair of impassable ones in Cobb Street and Betty Street, with the West Alabama Regional Commission. The likelihood of receiving a grant is low, however, because there aren't enough residents who live on the streets that need repair, Wriley said. Wriley said the town will have to prioritize which roads receive repair.
"We'd start with the impassable roads first (Cobb and Betty streets)," said Wriley, who noted residents currently drive around potholes and bumps in each street. "We do not have a timetable as of tonight."
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