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South Hill makes changes in heavy trash collections

SoVaNow.com / December 12, 2012
Change is coming to the way large trash in South Hill is collected.

According to Public Works Director Bill Wilson, with the fall season, Public Works has been focusing on leaf collection. For the past three weeks, an additional crew from the Street Maintenance Division, equipped with a backhoe and two dump trucks, has been able to triple the pace of leaf collection. The street crew has assisted as well with the collection of heavier-than-normal brush.

Households usually have discarded bulky waste material by the side of the street and Public Works would pick it up, usually on Wednesdays; ultimately there were always junk piles somewhere in Town. In December 2011, South Hill Town Council approved the following changes in the way Public Works collects bulky waste: 1) residential collection is only on the third Wednesday of the month, 2) the resident must schedule a collection, and 3) there should be no set-out of material before the evening prior to collection. When a household is not in compliance, they are served with a notice of violation. As a result, there are only occasional junk piles along the streets.

Waste Industries will not be collecting residential trash on Christmas and New Years Day; collection will run one day behind. More holiday volume is expected and two to three additional bags will be collected. Dumpsters will be available at the Town Shop as well

In other topics of discussion at the monthly Town Council members on Monday, officials indicated they are very close to entering the planning stages of the town’s 2013-2014 budget.

Town Manager Kim Calllis told Council that preparations for the budget would begin in the first week of January. He also reminded Council that the Town will be at the mercy of both state and federal budgets before any fiscal decisions can be made. Staff will continue to monitor developments and carefully consider the impact to the Town of state or federal budget developments. As of now, staff hopes to have a draft budget to the full Council by April 30 with a Public Hearing scheduled for May 13.

Callis also reported the Market Square Committee is working hard to finalize its 2013 Affair on the Square concerts. While all the bands are not yet confirmed, the “Third Thursday Music Series” will continue to be featured. Event dates and planned bands are:

April 18 – Jason Link (country music)

May 16 – JB and the Get Down Browns (favorite tunes)

June 20 – The Embers (beach music)

July 3 – The Redneck Pool Party Band (at Parker Park for Picnic in the Park)

Sept. 19 – The Konnection Band (favorite tunes)

Oct. 31, Halloween – Monster Mash with DJ Shep Moss

The South Hill Farmers Market is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 25 and run through Saturday, Oct. 26.









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