At its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night, the commissioners discussed drawing up a request for proposals so they can bid out the service.
For many years, Waste Management, a private company, has provided with city with large Dumpsters placed throughout the business district. The town pays the company, and the business owners pay the town.
Waste Management’s contract with the town has expired, but it continues to service the town under provisions of the old contract, according to Town Manager Billy Joe Farmer.
A report by Farmer to the board indicated there are other garbage services that may be less expensive. The new proposal will consider the town continuing to provide the Dumpsters under its “umbrella” service, but also allowing businesses to procure their own service.
Councilman John McNeill wanted to sort out the confusion of pro-rated garbage collection bills for those businesses that share a Dumpster.
“We’ve got a lot of people who share in town ... someone’s got to be responsible,” he said.
McNeill said the request for proposals needs to be “comprehensive” because “I believe they’ll be a lot of issues here.”
The board tabled the matter and told Farmer to research it further.
In other action, the board:
— Approved a conditional-use permit that Adam Rugg needs for a greenhouse behind his residence at 212 N. Edinborough St. Rugg wants to grow fruits and vegetables for personal consumption.
— Amended the budget to allocate about $75,000 for an elevator to provide handicap access to the Town Hall. Some of the money is also earmarked for a drive-through window for town services and billing.
— Approved a vehicle-use agreement for use of school buses for the town’s summer recreation program.
— Agreed to review and perhaps revise its personnel policies, which were established in 2001.
— Met in a closed session for about 45 minutes to discuss personnel matters and the purchase of property.