Trumann council votes out Delta Environmental

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sorting though ways to resolve the trash pickup issue which has plagued Trumann over the last several months, the City Council examined six resolutions in a meeting Tuesday night, though only two of the issues discussed were resolved.

After lengthy discussion about whether or not to totally cut ties with Delta Environmental, the company Trumann residents say failed in its responsibility to regularly pick up the trash around town, the council voted 7-2 to end its relationship with the company, which recently was reduced to only commercial pickup after the city opted to find another source for residential pickup.

Voting in favor of the measure were council members Bonnie Winkles, Tom Martin, Kevin Baxter, Bill Francis, Mike Sullivan, Carl Wilson and Rick Atkins. Casting "no" votes were council members Jason Stewart and Donnie England.

Council members voted unanimously to accept Marck as the temporary residential trash service.

The other four resolutions, dealing with trash trucks and containers, were tabled until more information can be gathered.

The council also voted to put a one-cent sales tax on the ballot in the May election. This tax, if passed, will be split evenly between the fire, police, water and street departments. After some discussion, council members agreed to a resolution regarding the tax rather than an ordinance since the resolution would allow monies to be moved to various departments if necessary and an ordinance restricts use of the monies to only the areas where they are assigned.

In other business, the council accepted a bid from Jason Moore of Tropical Twist Pizza to supply the concession stands this coming season at the Trumann Sports Complex. The council looked at two bids for pieces of property but voted to not sell another piece of property at this time.

The council then went into executive session with no action taken on the issues they discussed.

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