The Crossett City Council hosted a public hearing Tuesday night to address phase one of the changes to the city’s street and sanitation policies.
The city has been working toward the change for several months, and has finally reached the implementation part of the process.
Council member and chairman of the sanitation committee Lynn Rodgers talked to the citizens who attended, giving a very in-depth description of the changes and detailed explanation of how the new policy would work.
Rodgers also handed out phone numbers for all of the city council members and asked that anyone with concerns to please make the council aware.
“Any change is always frustrating and puzzling,” Rodgers said. “We want you to contact us.”
The first change is that leaves and limbs will only be collected with trash pickup and will no longer be an every day pickup.
A resident in attendance expressed concern that this schedule would not accommodate the amount of leaves that fall in the Crossett area.
Sanitation committee member Brandon Reed explained that it’s not so much taking days away as it is making the pick up more efficient. Public Works Director Jeff Harrison reiterated that the leaf truck will still run six days a week just as it always has, but it will now be on a schedule. Rodgers also mentioned that the city now has two machines instead of just one.
The next issue was junk collection. The city will pick up junk on a call-in only basis. Rodgers said the city will not pick up large trees or contractor debris. Rodgers said if contractors are remodeling, they need to pay someone to remove the materials from the property, because the city will no longer do it.
Residents will not be charged for junk pick up service at this time, but eventually the city will start implementing a charge, she said.
Harrison explained that the city is responsible for disposing of those items and has to pay tipping fees at the landfill to dispose of them.
Rodgers also explained the safety hazards of not putting garbage in bags and said that the city workers can not pick up trash if it is not properly bagged. She said that hazardous items such as nails, needles or glass need to be properly sealed so that it is not hazardous to the city employees.
Rodgers told those in attendance about an incident where a city employee was stabbed with a needle and the city had to pay for a hospital visit because of it.
She likewise explained that the garbage trucks have to be on routes that are the safest, and that the city is trying to avoid unnecessary backing up and turning around. Because of this, the city is requiring that residents put their trash out on the street that is their street address and not on the avenues, even if their driveway is on an avenue.
“I’ve already started doing it and it’s okay,” resident Alice Jordan said, explaining that her driveway is in the avenue, but she has already started putting her trash out by the road of her address.
“We are all going to have to work together and be good neighbors,” Rodgers said.