City could be looking for new garbage system

Published 7:12 pm Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A scheduled work session by the Selma City Council could lay out details about a proposed plan that would have a private vendor take over garbage collection within the city of Selma.

During Tuesday’s council meeting, Selma Mayor George Evans asked council president Cecil Williamson to call a work session where the idea and details could be discussed and ironed out.

The Times-Journal, in previous discussions with Evans, has learned any plan would ensure that all city employees currently handling garbage collection would be kept by the city and that the suggested vendor has agreed to purchase all of the city’s garbage equipment.

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Evans also said the company would take over the collection of garbage fees from citizens.

Evans has said the city estimates it loses an estimated $300,000 in operating the garbage system itself.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Evans said he hoped to have a plan in place by January, leading off with public meetings, taking the plan to the citizens before any switch over takes place.

Information on when a work session to discuss the proposed garbage plan has not been announced.