Court renews Rumpke contract; recycling to remain weekly
Woodford Fiscal Court approved a two-year contract renewal with Rumpke Waste and Recycling Tuesday that will raise rates but maintain weekly recycling pickup. Much of Tuesday’s meeting was spent discussing two plans presented by Solid Waste and Recycling Director Sherri McDaniel, both of which featured slight increases. Option one, which was approved by the court on a motion by Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8), will cost $14.95 a month – up $2 – and $2.25 per month to rent a trash cart. Option two, which was recommended by McDaniel Tuesday and in the court’s Oct. 13 meeting, would cost $14.25 with a $2.25 trash cart rental, make recycling pickup every other week and include a 65-gallon recycling cart. McDaniel said she wasn’t sure, but believed under each option, customers would pay $2.25 to rent a recycling cart. Presently, county customers pay $12.95 a month for garbage and recycling pickup and $3.75 to rent a trash cart, with the 18-gallon recycling cart free. The City of Versailles signed a contract with Rumpke earlier this year that included every other week recycling pickup. McDaniel said she lives in the city and hasn’t had any problems. She said some customers have said their 18-gallon recycling carts are being damaged by Rumpke and that the bigger cart would be sturdier. Later in the meeting, County Attorney Alan George said based on what he’d seen on his morning dog walks, some of the damage to the carts is related to the way they’re slung to the road by the trucks’ automated arms. Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) said she thought some customers would have trouble keeping track of which week recycling should be set out. McDaniel said the company sends customers a calendar. Magistrate Larry Blackford (Dist. 6) asked who’s responsible for replacing damaged recycling carts. McDaniel said Rumpke officials are usually very kind and often give customers a 65-gallon recycling cart free of charge. Magistrate Kelly Carl (Dist. 4) said she’d heard no complaints from city customers about every other week recycling pickup. McDaniel said with recycling revenue down, this would probably be the last time Rumpke offers every week recycling pickup. Brown’s motion passed 7 to 1, with Magistrate William Downey (Dist. 5) voting no. The contract takes effect Jan. 1. Rural Land Board The court unanimously approved Judge-Executive James Kay’s nomination of Bobby Lippert to the Rural Land Board for a four-year term. Lippert, a farmer, will be the Woodford County Farm Bureau’s representative on the board. County employee pay date changes The court unanimously approved a motion to move the Nov. 26 and Dec. 24 scheduled pay dates up a day so that county employees will be paid before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Moments of silence Moments of silence were held for the families of the late Donna Bradley and Heather and Lewis Britton, who were killed this weekend in a motor vehicle crash. Eagle Scout Near the end of the meeting, Magistrate Matt Merrill (Dist. 3) saluted Caleb Stanley, Boy Scout Troop 14’s newest Eagle Scout. Merrill said for his Eagle Scout project, Stanley made a portable canine agility course and two cat towers for the Woodford Humane Society. Kay: please vote Kay ended the meeting by saying as of last Thursday, Woodford County was just behind Fayette County in statewide voter turnout. He encouraged everyone to vote and reminded the court and viewers on Facebook Live that there will be two in-person polling places next Tuesday – the courthouse and Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center.