Richmond may get new garbage bins
RICHMOND -- City Council members were "talking trash" Tuesday night.
The council discussed but did not vote on an ordinance that would provide two large trash bins for the residents of Richmond. One bin would be green and used for plant refuse. The council agreed that use of the green bin would be free to residents of Richmond.
The other trash bin would be used for all other types of garbage. There are some restrictions as to the types of things put in this trash bin, such as refrigerators, batteries, tires and others. Full details as to the limitations and proper use of these bins will be decided by the council and printed in the city newsletter, as well as posted on the two trash bins.
The council agreed that residents should be charged $2.50 for half a pick-up load or less of garbage, $5 for a pick-up load and $10 for anything larger than a pick-up load.
Anyone who does not adhere to the rules and limitations to the bins will be issued a citation. The council discussed posting a warning that dumping prohibited items into the bin would be a class B misdemeanor, to let residents know the council is serious.
"We'll get the citation, then call the deputy to issue it out," Councilman Cordell Johnson said.
In order to regulate the use of the bins, the council discussed only having the bins available to the public two days a week and for a set amount of hours. The council did not decide which week day the bins will be open, but they agreed that Saturday the bins will be made available for sure.
"It would make lots of people mad if they weren't open Saturday, that's when they do their yard work," Marlowe Adkins, city manager, said.
Also, in order to regulate the bins, the council discussed hiring a person to record everyone who uses the bins. This would include filling out a form with the person's name, address and license plate number, said Adkins.
Johnson said he was worried that if the city was going to charge a user fee, then no one will use the bin.
Councilman L.D. Bowcutt suggested that they think about passing the ordinance for two months just to try it. He said they will see if the bins are used properly by residents of Richmond and how much money they bring in.
This ordinance will be discussed and voted on at the next council meeting, said Mayor Panter.
Adkins brought up an issue with planning and zoning. A youth group wants to set up a residence for socially handicapped male youth, he said. The group will have its own school, and if the "troubled" youth want to leave the residence, he said, they will be escorted.
Panter said they will discuss and decide on this issue when they have more information.
Adkins also brought up the fact that he has been receiving a lot of complaints about dogs being loose around the city. He said that if anyone has a problem with loose dogs, then they should call the city office with the address of the dog so the city can issue the owners a letter informing them of the problem.
Also discussed by the council was the sports program for the city. Three residents of Richmond complained that the sports program needed to be changed and organized. The complaints dealt with the children involved with the program not having their needs met. Some children were not issued trophies, which is a requirement of the director of the sports program.
Councilman Bowcutt went over the requirements of the director of the sports program and the council decided it was time to appoint a new director.
Councilman Johnson said he will contact the sponsors of the city sports program and try to get more support so someone else can run the program. This will be decided at the next council meeting.
The council passed a raise in pay to City Judge Beth Skidmore. Panter said she was underpaid according to what other cities pay judges with the same responsibilities as she has. Her pay has been increased to $6,000 a month, which is more than $100 more than she was making per month. Judge Skidmore's raise will be effective in April.
Cache County Deputy Brandon Douglas reported to the council. He informed the council of the floor plan to a new Cache County jail. Deputy Douglas said he hopes the paper work will go through soon, so they can break ground in the next couple of months. The location of the jail, however, was not disclosed.