April 10, 2014

City looks to upgrade garbage trucks, applies for recycling grant

By Rob McDaniel
Staff Writer


The London City Council is moving forward with plans to improve recycling in the city through the possibility of curbside recycling.

In a February meeting, Director of Public Works Steve Edge addressed the council about upgrading London’s garbage trucks and potential curbside recycling.

During his February proposal, Edge estimated the new trucks could save the city as much as $12,000 per month in tipping/dumping fees plus whatever the city would be able to bring in through the sales of recycled materials.

“We have asked for some quotes on leasing some trucks,” Mayor Troy Rudder said during Monday’s meeting.  “We talked about it the other day and we think the trucks, they’ll be almost $230,000 (each).”

According to Rudder, the trucks will not only be making recycling runs but also garbage runs. 

“We are going to try leasing for a while, I hope,” Rudder said.  “It’ll be better all the way around.  We’ll know what our monthly payment will be and we shouldn’t have any kind of breakdowns.”

Rudder added if the city was satisfied with the trucks when the lease was up they could “buy them for like a dollar.”

Edge explained maintenance work on the vehicles will depend on what is leased and where they’re leased from, adding,  “There’s a company that will lease them to you yearly and you get a new truck every year.  They have an auction site that sells them.”

Continuing the focus on recycling, the council also grated Rudder permission to sign the documents required to apply for a $230,000 recycling grant that would be used for recycling equipment.  Rudder emphasized that if the city received the grant, it could not be used for any type of vehicle upgrade or parts.

Not on the agenda but also approved, the city will announce bids on labor and the completion of repairs on Liperote Drive where approximately 250 feet of road had been washed out.

Previously, Rudder had informed the council repairs would cost approximately $230,000 but would be covered by emergency road funds set aside by the state.  The city received $191,000 from the emergency fund.

Also discussed:

• The council approved a 5K for Autism Awareness month, which will take place on April 26.

• The council approved a 5K run for Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason VanHook, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.  The event is being organized by Bill Douglas, a volunteer at Saint Joseph London’s emergency room, in cooperation with Trooper’s Island Camp and the Kentucky Leukemia Society.  The 5K will take place on June 21, all proceeds will go towards Trooper VanHook’s treatment.

• The council tentatively approved a 5K for Grills Gone Wild on April 12, 2015, assuming that the 5K meets the criteria that proceeds go towards a charitable organization.

• The council approved several events for Older Americans Month in May.  Laurel County Older Persons Activity Center (OPAC) Executive Director Donna Stanifer presented the council with plans for the weekend of May 9 and May 10, that will include a senior walk, fish fry, community-wide movie night and a senior dance.

• The council was informed of a public hearing on May 13, with the Planning and Zoning Commission in regards to a request by AT&T to construct a new communications facility at 300 Liperote Way.

• The council approved a request to move forward with the proceedings of eminent domain on an abandoned home at 201 Slate Lick Street.