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Augusta Commissioners Talk Trash Service Changes

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City leaders talked trash at Tuesday night's commission meeting.

As we first told you on Monday night, some Augusta residents are not happy with the new one day a week garbage service. Even though it's not going over well in many of the neighborhoods, the city administrator is recommending that the city stay with one day a week instead of two.

But during the commission meeting on Tuesday night, city leaders made it clear that they don't like the trash service changes. Some of them even called for things to go back to the way they were before.

There was a lot going on during the commission meeting, but one of the biggest stories of the night was several Augusta commissioners speaking out against the garbage service changes. Tuesday night, some amendments were made to correct some of those changes.

Residents aren't the only ones upset with Augusta's new trash service. Several commissioners spoke out against the changes on Tuesday night, calling the new contract "garbage." Jim Garrison agrees with them.

"I have an issue with them pushing this new garbage system on us because I have had a man picking my garbage up for the past 30 years. His father was picking it up before him," says Garrison.

But because Garrison's home is located within 300 feet of the road, he was no longer able to use a private trash collection service. But during Tuesday night's meeting, one commissioner fought to have that corrected. Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle made a motion for several amendments to be added to the contract.

"Once the trash notices went out, the following Monday the trash cans came out. We had approximately 3,000 of our residents receive new containers. So it shocked them and it caught me off guard," says Guilfoyle.

5 other commissioners agreed with Guilfoyle. The new contract will change the exemption from 300 feet to 200 feet and also allow farms of 10 acres or more to use a private service. But other commissioners wanted more changes -- like switching the pickup service back to two days a week.

"It's a poor disguise for a fee increase. What I mean by that is we are collecting garbage one day a week versus two and we are charging them the exact same amount. So in anybody's book that is an increase and that's a problem," says Commissioner Alvin Mason.

Mason and several other commissioners promised that they would keep fighting to correct the garbage problems. It's something Garrison is hopeful for.

"What are they going to do next year? Tell us we got to go to Food Lion or Bi-Lo? We can't go to another grocery store?" says Garrison.

Another change made during the commission meeting -- if you are exempt from the service you no longer have to prove that you are using a private trash collection service.

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