The first full month of the latest changes to the City of Elberton’s recycling and leaf and limb pick-up service is complete, and residents in the Southside Community aren’t exactly thrilled with them.
Elberton resident Roy Hartley, speaking on behalf of himself and the Southside Neighborhood Watch, feels the changes are not in the best interest of the city.
“Now gentlemen I would say I appreciate you trying to save money”, said Hartley. “But I think in doing so, in reality we are creating a city which is not so clean or pretty anymore.”
Hartley, while speaking before the council, stated the delayed recycling pick-up has caused areas of the city, most notably in the Southside community, to look unclean.
He feels that the current schedule may deter city residents from recycling.
“I know for sure that we need a consistent schedule of at least every other week not having to try and remember what week this is”, said Hartley. “I am afraid this present situation is going to create a problem where are not going to want to recycle.”
Towards the end of the council’s meeting, Elberton Mayor Larry Guest spoke to Hartley and other members from the Southside community, and said that he would form a committee to further look into the issue.
“We will see what we can do with it, whether we go back to the way it was or we just go off the recommendation from the committee”, said Mayor Guest. “I just wanted to let you know that we are not going to sit here and ignore what you just said.”
Elberton City Manager Lanier Dunn said that there are some growing pains to go through with the new changes.
“Just being one month, I know we talked about it last council meeting which was the first day it started, lets give it a little more time”, said Dunn.
No committee members were announced during yesterday evening’s meeting, and a timetable was not given for a response to Mr. Hartley’s issue.