Trash plan up for vote Tuesday

HOPE — A vote on establishing mandatory trash service is likely to come during Tuesday’s Hope Town Council meeting, council president Clyde Compton said.

In anticipation of a large crowd, the 5:30 p.m. meeting has been moved to the Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium.

Although the council won’t be choosing a provider on Tuesday, Compton said he feels confident that enough answers to questions raised during a March 8 meeting have been found to address council concerns.

Compton has cited a health hazard being created by an influx of wild animals being lured into the town by uncollected garbage.

Preliminary cost estimates range from $11 a month for basic trash pickup to $16 a month for additional services such as recycling and monthly pickup of large items.

All would be less expensive than the $18 to $22 a month now being paid by 56 percent of Hope households who contract for private trash pickup.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.