Mount Washington may look at new sanitation carrier in 2012 when contract ends

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Mount Washington residents could see new garbage trucks rolling through their neighborhoods next summer. 

That is if council members decide not to renew the city’s contract with Rumpke and opt to bid out for a new garbage collector. 

During the Dec. 12 regular meeting of the Mount Washington City Council Tim McNally of Waste Management went before city officials asking them to consider taking bids for trash collection. 

McNally’s visit came as the city considers renewing its contract with Rumpke, which is set to expire on June 30, 2012, the last day of the current fiscal year.

“Things are changing in the garbage business,” McNally said before outlining Waste Management’s plan to replace its fleet of diesel garbage trucks with energy efficient natural gas trucks. 

Over the summer the Houston-based company announced it had 1,000 natural gas trucks in its fleet, making it the largest owner and operator of clean-running, heavy duty refuse trucks in North America.

McNally said Waste Management derives natural gas from its landfills and in 10 years the company would be known as an energy company. 

Switching to natural gas-powered trucks, McNally said, would over time result in cost savings for the company, which in turn would be passed on to its customers. 

McNally asked the council if he could meet with council members to discuss Waste Management as an option. 

“What’s the desire of the council?” asked Mount Washington mayor Joetta Calhoun. 

Councilman Dennis Griffin said he would like to hear what Waste Management has to offer. 

Calhoun said Rumpke should be invited to speak as well. 

The council took no action and opted to discuss the matter at a later date. 

*The council voted to authorize Mayor Calhoun to enter into an interlocal agreement with Bullitt County. 

County code enforcement director Rudy Hawkins said the agreement simply allows the county greater jurisdiction regarding building code enforcement. 

The city has its own code enforcement officer, Mike Bowen, who can inspect small facilities, but not large ones.

Hawkins said the agreement mirrors current policy dealing with site reviews and pertains only to large facilities like Kroger and the recently opened Keystone Cinemas. 

Hawkins said the county has had only about a half dozen projects in Mount Washington over the past three years.

The only thing the county doesn’t inspect is building structure, which the state is responsible for. 

Councilman Armstrong asked if the city has any recourse if it doesn’t agree with the county’s site reviews. 

Hawkins said it does and he encouraged city officials to contact him if they have any concerns. 

Armstrong made a motion to allow the mayor to execute the agreement. 

The motion passed unanimously. 

*Mayor Calhoun and the council had nothing to report on, but wished everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 

The Dec. 26 regular meeting of City Council is cancelled in view of Christmas.

*The next regular meeting of the Mount Washington City Council will be held on Monday, Jan. 9 at the City Hall Annex Building on Branham Way. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.