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Commercial dumpster fees to increase

Commercial dumpster fees will soon increase in Franklin County after the Franklin County Commission voted to approve a hike in monthly fees at its Monday business meeting.

The rate increase applies only to commercial, and not residential, dumpster fees and will take effect for existing customers on August 1, 2017. For new customers, the higher rates take effect immediately. Dumpster service rates have not increased in Franklin County since 1997 according to officials in the Franklin County Commission Office.
New rates are as follows: Four yard dumpster, per week: $110 (1 pick up); $170 (2 pick up); $215 (3 pick up); $260 (4 pick up); $305 (5 pick up).

Six yard dumpster, per week: $140 (1 pick up); $200 (2 pick up); $250 (3 pick up); $320 (4 pick up); $345 (5 pick up). 8 yard dumpster, per week: $170 (1 pick up); $240 (2  pick up); $315 (3 pick up); $390 (4 pick up); $445 (5 pick up).

In other action, the commission:
-- accepted the resignation of Eric Baker from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and approved the hiring of temporary corrections officers/dispatchers Tabitha Crowder, Ovantae Graham and Carlos Montes-Lucas.

-- set a public hearing for June 19 at 8 a.m., for public input into the proposed new Solid Waste Plan  under consideration. The proposed plan is on display at the Russellville Public Library for public inspection. The plan updates the existing plan in one primary area, that being how procedures will be set to approve new solid waste management facilities or expansion of existing facilities. There will be a new procedure and approval of the county commission will be required.

-- authorized Franklin County Engineer David Palmer to hire up to nine temporary employees for five months at a rate of $10/hour.

-- approved the sale of surplus scrap metal from the Highway Department yard to Tennessee Valley Recycling.

-- appointed Matt Cooper and Timmy James to District One appointments on the Franklin County Industrial Development Board and Rhett Bradford to a District Two appointment.

-- accepted the resignation of Franklin County Mental Health Officer Mike Mayfield effective May 20 and approved the hiring of John Long as the new officer beginning May 21. The FCSD will begin the process of training another mental health officer as well.

-- authorized notice to all county employees that their group life insurance policies with Colonial Life Insurance have not lapsed in spite of a letter received by all county employees advising the same last week. The letters were apparently sent in error.

-- approved the purchase of a one ton Ford F550 satellite truck for the Franklin County Solid Waste Department at a cost of $19,000. The truck will be used on smaller county roads that are more fragile and sensitive to the weight of a larger garbage truck.

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