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Commissioners look for ways to save money at convenience centers; pickup idea nixed
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 28, 2013 | 948 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County commissioners held a work session before their board meeting last week to discuss options for handling solid waste more economically.

The recurring theme for the March 19 meeting appeared to be looking at every possible scenario but the option of countywide curbside service.

Commissioner Tommy Robinson began the meeting by stating that it is the consensus of board members to abandon the idea of countywide curbside service. He said now the focus is saving money in how the solid waste is currently handled.

The total budget for the convenience centers is $933,635 for 2013.

Robinson said the hope is to be able to close the convenience centers a few days a week, depending on their usage. The board members were presented two options that had been put together by Angie Frazier, recycling center supervisor and dispatcher, and Public Works Director John Lowe.

Option one looked at closing the centers of Haddock, Highway 18 East, and Juliette for an additional two days a week, Wednesday and Thursday. The annual savings for the county would be approximately $38,000. The issue the board was looking at was reducing the hours for part-time employees.

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