City declares emergency for garbage collection

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By Becky Barnes

With its garbage trucks inoperable, the City of Cynthiana had to declare a state of emergency Tuesday night to enter into an agreement with Legacy Carting of Pittsburg, Ky., for the citys solid waste removal.

Commissioners had previously agreed to get out of the trash collection business and were planning to receive sealed bids for that service. However, it was believed the city employees would continue to operate until Nov. 1.

With Fridays breakdowns, the city received quotes for temporary service. The city has two trash collection trucks. Both broke down last week, however, one was repaired.

Legacy had the lowest quote for total weekly costs of $4,315. Others who quoted for temporary service were Rumpke at $7,930 per week; CSI at $8,865; and Veolia at $13,673.75.

Commissioner Jimmy New added that E-Z Pack of Cynthiana came to the rescue and provided a truck so that trash collection could go uninterrupted to city residents.

In other business, the commission:

Laid off seasonal sanitation workers Tony Kearns and Michael Pike. They will continue through Sept. 23.

Heard a presentation by Bob Laytart, 911 coordinator, regarding a new service, Code Red, which will allow dispatch to contact those who have signed up during emergencies.

He said Code Red might be used during boil water advisories, if there is a missing child or other emergencies.

Laytart said that residents can sign up for the service at no charge on-line at www.cynthianaky.com or at City Hall, the police department, county judge executives office and sheriffs office.

Approved pay increases for licensed water treatment operators.

Accepted a quote from Clifford Tree Removal for $1,575 to take out nine trees on Main Street.

Approved the first reading of tax rates. The city approved the real property rate of 14.8 cents for every $100 of assessed property and 17.65 cents on personal and mixed property. It also established the ad valorem motor vehicle tax at 16 cents/$100.

Commissioner Bill Doan noted that these tax rates are the compensating rate and not an increase to residents.