Trash pickup falls to the curbside

Curbside trash pickup appears to be a dead issue for the foreseeable future after a special-called meeting May 25 failed to result in a solution to managing the county’s solid waste.

The Board of Commissioners could not agree on an approach they wanted to use. Instead, they asked staff members to supply them with figures on constructing and operating 10-15 manned convenience centers across the county and report their findings during another meeting in June.

Additionally, the BOC discussed a proposed SPLOST V project list. Discussions centered on how much funding to use for broadband and recreation. The topic was tabled, pending further discussion during the June 15 Finance Committee meeting. The panel has publicly committed $4 million from American Rescue Plan Act funds. The financial commitment from the Board of Education remains unclear.

“We intend to apply for broadband grant funds from the state later this summer,” said County Manger Merv Waldrop. “Staff has asked for $20 million of the SPLOST V funds to go toward broadband in Burke County. We expect it will take over $40 million to reach the entire county.”

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