Comer officials have heard complaints from residents about the city’s garbage service since AAA Sanitation took over the service from city employees June 1.
Council members said last week that there should be a reduced rate for garbage customers for June, since trash receptacles have not been distributed. City clerk Steve Sorrells said the receptacles should be delivered by July 1. The council said that garbage service issues should improve once the transition period is over.
Trash pickup is on Tuesdays for residents and businesses, with an additional Thursday pickup for businesses that require it. Sorrells said the council passed an ordinance several years ago that requires water customers to also pay for garbage service, since it is a health issue for the city.
The council declined to give a three-year reimbursement to businessman Ross Kesterson for garbage service at his storage business, but agreed to not bill him for future garbage service since he has another trash pickup source.
The council heard that Sorrells is requesting bidsto repair a sewer line cover on Hwy. 98. Sorrells said the Department of Transportation has requested that the cover be repaired as the DOT is planning to resurface Hwy. 98 from the red light in Comer to Ila soon.
The council also heard that the 2008 city audit has been completed.
The council agreed to spend $225 for their portion of a caricature map of Madison County and chose Comer city hall and the fire station to be included as drawings on the map.
Mayor Billy Burroughs told the council that once repairs are done to the chipper truck, the council will have three summer employees to help catch up with mulching of tree and limb debris. Sorrells said the temporary workers’ pay will be supplied through federal stimulus monies.
Sorrells said one or two more water line flushings may be necessary, but no dates were set during the meeting.