Trash concerns council

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Madisonville Mayor Bill Parten, unhappy with years of what he deems poor service from Progressive Waste Solutions, took the trash removal company to task on Monday during a regular City Council meeting.

Parten said that several times over the past few years, the city has had discussions regarding poor service, missed pickups and customers not getting requested containers.

Before representatives of Progressive could provide answers, Parten cut them off, saying, “I asked a simple question. I’m a businessman, and I know where to buy my supplies. Why don’t you?”

Parten said that per the contract the city has with Progressive, new containers for trash would be provided to replace older, smaller units within six months.

“For two years, we’ve waited,” he said. “The last time you were here, you told us you would get them over here.”

Parten also said that converting the current rear-loaded containers to front load hasn’t happened as it was promised.

“I don’t want to hear about front loading until you drive up here with them,” he said.

Dave Ward said the container at the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattleman’s Association hasn’t had a bottom for two years, and when asked for a replacement, it was replaced with something worse.

Mark Fenske said that Progressive recently merged with Waste Connections, which should open up other avenues for resources.

“From my standpoint, I think you ought to tell the people you are merging with that we are unhappy, and each time you come before us, there’s somebody else,” Parten said. “There’s got to be a place that picks up when they say they will pick up. That’s all we want.”

In a separate matter, Randy Walker said his back yard, in recent months, has become almost unusable because of flood waters.

“I understand we’ve had the wettest year we’ve ever had, but standing on my back porch, I really thought the dam at Lake Madison had broke,” he said. “There were landscape timbers floating by me. My yard went from dry to standing water.”

Kevin Story, the city water/wastewater manager, said that a natural drainage ditch has become blocked because of fallen trees and development in the area, and the water has no place to go.

City Attorney John Bankhead said that city ordinance states property and buildings cannot impede the natural flow of water, and that anyone in the area needs to be advised of that.

In other business, the city:

•renewed the ordinance providing for a curfew for juveniles;

•discussed a new organization chart in executive session;

•approved an ordinance allowing the animal control and code enforcement officers to write citations;

•adopted rules and regulations for the Municipal Airport;

•approved a memorandum of understanding with area law enforcement agencies regarding the transfer of juvenile detainees;

•approved a resolution seeking a solid waste grant; and

•tabled approval of a mineral interest with MD America for the airport until contract issues can be resolved.

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