PELL CITY – The City Council is moving forward with soliciting bids for residential and commercial garbage pickup.

“We’ve got three weeks to get something together,” said Mayor Joe Funderburg.

He said whoever is awarded the contract needs to “hit the ground running.”

“We aren’t going to let citizens do without garbage pickup,” Funderburg said after the council tabled a proposal from Advanced Disposal Services, which currently provides residential and commercial garbage pickup for the city.

The company agreed to provide the city with a residential garbage pickup contract on a month-to-month basis, as long as the city agreed to a 3-year contract for commercial pickup.

City officials have talked about the city taking over garbage pickup, but it would take time before everything is in place.

The city’s contract with Advanced Disposal Services ends at the end of July, so the council only has a little more than two weeks to have a plan in place for garbage removal.

Councilman James McGowan asked the council to table the proposed agreement submitted by Advanced Disposal Services, saying he feels the same company that provides residential garbage pickup should also provide commercial garbage pickup.

Councilwoman Dot Wood said the city would probably get a better bid price by offering companies the city’s commercial and residential service.

Councilman Jay Jenkins said during Monday’s council meeting that the city has received more than 800 citizen complaints from January to June about residential garbage pickup.

McGowan said he did not want the council rushed into making a decision, and the council still has time to look at other options.

Jenkins and other council members said Advanced Disposal Services has reasonable fees for garbage pickup, but point to all the complaints the city has received.

Funderburg said residents have complained about garbage containers being damaged, cans not being emptied and other complaints.

“We have to do something about the complaints,” Jenkins said.

The council unanimously approved tabling the contract proposal submitted by Advanced Disposal Services until the next council meeting, slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, July 28.

In other matters at Monday morning’s meeting, the council:

O Approved a contract with Krebs Engineering to oversee the Glenn City sidewalk project.

O Reappointed Earl Mizzell and David Arnett to the city’s Board of Zoning Adjustments.

O Approved the low bid submitted by B&S Sporting Goods for fall little league uniforms.

O Approved the low bid submitted by Mackey Construction for the repair and refurbishing of the Lakeside Park bridge and T-pier.

O Approved a contract with the Birmingham Regional Planning Commission to develop a redistricting plan for the city and Board of Education, which is one of the first steps in setting up a school district for the city school system.

O Approved retaining Rory Hartley as the city’s financial advisor.

O Approved a contract with Williams-Blackstock Architects to oversee the Community Center renovation project.

O Heard Funderburg present a proclamation to St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Gary Cone for his dedication and service, not only to the county, but to Pell City. Cone is retiring from the sheriff’s department.

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