Alcorn County to begin collecting household waste July 1

CORINTH – Alcorn County will end its contract with Waste Management and start picking up household garbage this summer.
The supervisors voted Friday to end the contract on June 30 because the garbage collection budget has run at a deficit for several years. The board transferred more than $800,000 of reserve funds to cover the deficit at the end of the last fiscal year.
“The millage set on garbage for pickup and to operate the transfer station and the landfill is not sufficient for what we pay Waste Management,” said board President Gary Ross.
The millage, at $6.77 per house, is already at the maximum allowed. It brings in about $500,000 per year, compared to more than $700,000 year paid out, he said.
“Each year Waste Management has gone up, and it just wasn’t profitable,” Ross said. “We figure if they can do it and make a profit, we can do it and save taxpayers of Alcorn County.”
The county will begin garbage pickup July 1.
Of the four supervisors who voted on the issue, Jimmy Tate Walden, Jeff Rencher and Ross supported the change, while Jeff Patterson felt the switch needed more evaluation.
Ross said he had spoken with Supervisor Keith Fields, who was absent because of a death in the family, but he also supported the county beginning garbage collection.
As it does now, the county will deliver garbage from its transfer station to Prairie Landfill.
In addition to giving Waste Management the required 90 days’ notice that the contract would be terminated, the board accepted the bid of Tri-State Truck Center of Tupelo for three garbage trucks.
Tri-State’s bid of $124,446 for a 2009 model International 7400 with a Heil refuse collection bed includes a guaranteed buyback provision at two years or three years if the county is not satisfied with the trucks.
“They had three on hand, and the others couldn’t guarantee we’d have the trucks by July 1,” Ross said. “It’s a little heavier truck and we felt was a better buy.”

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