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December 4, 2013

County Commissioners air trash problems



Westmoreland said sometimes commercial waste dumpsters make life worse for residents. The District 5 Commissioner also said he routinely sees roadside trash after weekly Herby Curby pickups.

“That seems to be one of the biggest gripes in this community now is trash,” he said.

Commissioner Emily Davis, District 1, is worried about curbside bulk waste “just out on the side of the street.”

The county doesn’t contract with Advanced Disposal for that service, but the board wants to look at future options there.

Discussions with Advanced Disposal’s former local general manager John Hipp about provisions for bulk item pickup didn’t happen. This was added to Cavan’s welcome to Baldwin County checklist as well.

“I don’t know what it’s been like in other communities, but this door to door pickup has been the most controversial issue I think Baldwin County has ever had that lasted this long. We thought after a year or so it would die down, but we are going on five years now,” Hall said. “I know you can’t solve all of that, but that’s why you see some of our frustration.”

• County building and property naming policy tabled until 2014

The Baldwin County Commissioners want a uniform policy for the naming or renaming of buildings and properties. The county has no written policy, code or ordinance in place as to how things are named or renamed. 

After longer than expected research and development by Craig and Davis, the local naming and renaming policy was presented a second time Tuesday.

Though she wouldn’t give any exact reason, Davis asked her fellow commissioners to delay the policy vote until next year.

“If you could share your concerns with us, that would be helpful,” Hall said.

When the policy proposal first came up during the Nov. 5 meeting, Davis said more research and community input should go into these types of policies.

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