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City reevaluates waste contracts

Staff Report

The City of Tallassee is renegotiating its contracts with outside companies that dump waste here. Mayor Johnny Hammock met with officials from Advance Disposal on March 2.

"The contract was 14-years-old and we had to revisit that," Hammock said. "Advance Disposal offered to step up to the plate. We had an honor system going which is unheard of for something like that. We had Home Integrated Solutions get us a price on an electronic gate and camera system, so if a truck comes in it's registered. Advance is going to pay for that."

Advance is responsible for roughly half of the materials deposited in the city sewer system according to Hammock.

"Advance is paying one cent a gallon. Immediately they offered to go to three cents a gallon. At the beginning of their next fiscal year, they will go to five cents a gallon."

In return, Advance allows the city to use its landfill for dumping of rubbish.

"Nothing's going to change as far as them dumping our leaves and limbs for free or whatever dumpsters we have at a city location for free," Hammock added. "They're actually going to make a donation to the policemen's ball we're having in May."

Hammock pointed out that the proposal must still be approved by the city council.

"I'm thrilled," the mayor exclaimed. "Just yesterday, I had to sign a purchase order for $1,800 for an electronic breaker board and $900 for a float pump down at the sewer lagoon. That's just in one day. My first month in office, we had to call an emergency meeting. We had to spend $129,000 down there on a bypass."

At Monday night's city council meeting, the council approved standard waste water disposal agreements. The city will now require a $100 yearly dumping permit for $100 for any individual or entity wishing to dispose of septic tank waste at the wastewater treatment lagoon. Dumping charges will now be based on the capacity of the truck. The charging fee is $30 per 1,000 gallons.

"I'm not trying to make the city rich, but we've got to bring in income. We were losing money," Hammock said.

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