Supervisors to Take Bids on Curbside Collection

Lauderdale County supervisors have taken the first steps toward having door to door pickup for garbage.

Supervisors voted Monday evening to take bids for door to door garbage service.

The vote was 3-2, with supervisors Wayman Newell and Ray Boswell voting against it.

The vote does not necessarily mean that system is going to go away; it's only a first step in examining the costs of moving to curbside pickup.

There's certainly still a lot of disagreement over what to do, with supervisors and residents.

"No decision has been made either way, but I do feel like once we get some numbers back from the companies, we're going to at least have something that is going to be interesting to look at," said District 3 supervisor Craig Hitt.

"Once we get rid of the pitch-ins, there's no going back," said District 5 supervisor Ray Boswell, who said the cost will go up a lot.

Cost seems to be a big issue with almost everyone. Those for it believe it will not cost significantly more than residents currently pay for the dumpsters. Those against it believe it will cost more, if not now, later.

And on both sides, from citizens, there seems to be some disappointment with county government.

"I do believe that it will save each individual taxpayer money, when we get the government out of it and get private industry involved in it and get government out of it," said Billy Sharp.

"I know a lot of you have been for this door to door service for a long time, and you've been pushing it down our throats," said Ruth Scott.

Lauderdale County is the last county in the state that still uses drop-off dumpsters for residents to dispose of their trash.

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