Ragland's new garbage truck

The garbage truck the town of Ragland is purchasing from the city of Decatur.


RAGLAND – The town council approved a resolution Monday to purchase a used garbage truck from the city of Decatur.

Mayor Richard Bunt said the truck is a 2011 International with 66,000 miles on it and a new transmission. The cost of the truck is $65,000.

“The truck was used by the Decatur Recycling Department, and therefore, has never had any household garbage, just paper and plastic,” Bunt said. “A new truck would cost us well over $200,000. Our current garbage truck is nickeling and diming us every time we turn around.”

Bunt added that every Thursday, the town uses the entire street department to pick up garbage.

“With this new truck, it will be a one-man operation, allowing us to free up workers on Thursdays,” he said. “It’s a safety factor as well, as we will no longer have workers riding on the back of the garbage truck and out in bad weather.”

Bunt said town officials should have the truck in operation within a month. He also said the truck will be financed through Metro Bank at a 4 percent interest rate.

In another matter, the council agreed to approve contracts with the St. Clair County Commission for FY19 concerning Central Dispatch, juvenile detention and the Emergency Management Agency. The cost for Central Dispatch is $44,670; the cost for juvenile detention is $8,718; while the cost for EMA is $451.75. These costs are for one year.

Also at the meeting, the council heard from St. Clair Schools Superintendent Jenny Seals and St. Clair Board of Education member Marie Manning. Both thanked the council for its help in providing Ragland schools with a school resource officer.

“We are humbled and blessed that you helped us with this,” Seals said. “Thank you for caring about the students and teachers at Ragland.”

In other business, the council:

  • Agreed to hire a traffic engineer in order to get a traffic count that will be helpful in getting new retail development in town. The council is following the recommendation of town attorney James Hill III. The panel agreed to spend up to $1,000 for this study;

  • Approved the minutes of the previous meeting; and

  • Approved paying the bills.

Reach Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.