SANFORD: Council hears update on Waste Industries

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Quality is improving and customer complaints are waning three months into Sanford's contract with Waste Industries for the removal of the city's solid waste.   

Sanford City Council was briefed about how Waste Industries is progressing during its Tuesday meeting at the Sanford Municipal Center. General Services Director Tim Shaw said complaints were down from 100 in August to 49 in September.

"I must say that Waste Industries is doing a very good job," Shaw said. "July 1 was a little hectic. There were some route changes we or residents didn't know about but it wasn't to harm anything. They were making improvements to the routes and we are on the same page now."

Waste Industries — which received the contract after beating out the city's long-time provider Waste Management — is in the process of constructing a transfer station within city limits, Shaw said.

The company has received a special-use permit, and the city can expect to see that transfer station up and running by mid-spring, he said.

The transfer station is set to be located on McDonald Drive off of Wilson Road, and all of the adjourning property owners have been notified, according to Sanford Attorney Susan Patterson.

In other matters, Council:

* Accepted a flag from the American Legion Post 382 to remember those who died during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

* Certified and declared the results of the the city's $14.5 million bond referendums from the municipal primary.

* Heard a request by Councilman Jimmy Haire to review the proposals submitted by various national firms about the Sanford Municipal Golf Course.

* Canceled the Nov. 5 city council meeting so as not to conflict with the municipal election. A council meeting will be held immediately following the Oct. 30 Law and Finance Committee meeting.