It's what we now will say to the trash truck...see you next week. It's all new to 88-year-old Curtis Chafin. "Older people don't like change. The two days, I didn't use it but one day a week anyway, so it's ok. It's ok with me," said the long-time resident of a south Augusta neighborhood.
But, it's not okay with thousands in the Garden City.
"I've gotten numerous phone calls from people...they want twice a week service," said Commissioner Bill Fennoy.
"Absolutely, it wasn't broke, I don't see any reason to fix it, we have the ability to deal with this situation. I find it reprehensible that we're charging the same amount for half the service," says Commissioner Alvin Mason.
When bidding service last year, landfill officials included the price of twice a week service, so if you want to see that garbage truck on your street two times a week, it's going to cost you an extra 50 bucks a year. And, despite the complaints from customers, some Augusta Commissioners believe that cost is not worth it.
"If we didn't want a pay hike, as far as services, I think this is the best deal. Other cities have used this, I think we were kind of spoiled with two times a week," says Commissioner Bill Lockett.
Augusta's 3-1-1 information line is getting "a high volume of calls" about trash service, but Curtis Chafin is one who doesn't want to see the call made to go back to twice a week, with its extra $50 price tag. "I don't need any more charges, I can barely afford to pay the charges I have now," she said. "So, you just want to pay for one day a week?" we asked. "One day a week," she said.
Commissioners are scheduled to talk trash at next week's committee meetings with one of the options being a return to twice a week pickup.
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