Locust to switch recycling service providers, extend service to entire city

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During last week’s council meeting, Locust City Administrator Cesar Correa announced that the city will be switching recycling service providers.

The city’s current recycling service provider, Green Pieces, will no longer offer recycling services to the City of Locust as of July 1. Once informed of this change, city staff began researching other recycling vendors. Correa presented a recycling proposal from Waste Management, the company which currently provides the city’s garbage collection services. Waste Management has proposed a price of $3.25 per cart, a significant savings from the $5 per cart the city currently pays. Waste Management will also extend service to all Locust residents.

Waste Management will not provide recycling of electronics. City staff is looking into another vendor to provide periodic electronic recycling services.

The council approved the contract with Waste Management for recycling services to begin July 1.

Residents can expect recycling services to continue uninterrupted. Green Pieces will collect recyclable materials and carts during the last week of June. Waste Management will deliver new carts and will start services during the first week of July. An informational flyer will be sent to residents with the April sewer bill.

In other matters:

  • Michelle Carver, President of the Board of Directors of Esther House of Stanly County, addressed the council regarding April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Esther House serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. The agency provides services such as safe housing, hospital accompaniment, court advocacy, counseling, safety planning, educational classes, transportation and support groups. In 2016, Esther House assisted over 20 victims of sexual violence, said Carver. Following Carver’s presentation, the council adopted a proclamation for April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
  • The council adopted a proclamation for May 4, 2017 as the National Day of Prayer.
  • The council adopted a proclamation for the week of May 14-20 as National Police Week.
  • Correa said construction on the new bathroom building at the park is in progress. The building is fully enclosed and the siding is in place. Remodeling of the existing bathroom facilities is also in progress and should be completed in the next few weeks. Correa also said the pathway around the park has been completed as well.
  • The proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year will be presented at the May council meeting. Public hearings on the budget were set for May 11 and June 8.
  • Correa said the city has recently had unreliable phone service. The city currently has two phone boxes, one for city hall and one for the police department, both of which are 10 years old. Correa presented a proposal to replace the phone boxes and consolidate the system to one box at a cost of $2375. The council approved the proposal.
  • The city is looking into repaving Lions Club Drive due to the poor condition of road.
  • A white goods collection will be held on Saturday, May 13. Accepted items include refrigerators, stoves, water heaters, swing sets and scrap metal. Items must be on the curb by 8 a.m. for pickup.
  • Terms have expired for two members of the ABC Board, Boyd Huneycutt and Margaret Peacock. The council approved re-appointments for both board members.
  • Nine new house permits were issued last month.
  • During public comment, Glynn Mabry and Gail Barbee spoke on behalf of the West Stanly Senior Center, regarding the center’s need for funding. Opened in 2014, the West Stanly Senior Center is now open five days per week with a full schedule of events and activities. Despite fundraising efforts and the dedication of volunteers, the center is need of management and funding to continue serving the community.
  • The new Veterans Memorial has been completed and was dedicated on Saturday, April 8. Each council member spoke about the memorial and recognized those who participated in the dedication service.
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