Electronics nixed in next Berryville Spring Clean-up

Friday, March 23, 2007

BERRYVILLE -- This year's Spring Clean-Up in Berryville, set for April 9-20, will not include pickup of outdated electronics because of the added cost for disposal.

Mayor Tim McKinney addressed the subject at Tuesday night's city council meeting, saying he received information from the Carroll County Solid Waste Authority advising that electronics are no longer accepted at landfills.

Instead, the authority must pay a company called Computer Recyclers to pick up the items, and the authority must pass that cost along to its customers.

In this case, McKinney said, it would be the city to incur the added cost if city crews pick up electronic items as they have in the past.

He said the disposal costs are: $12 for a TV; $20 for a big screen TV; $12 for a computer system with monitor; $12 for monitor only; $3 for CPU, keyboard, speakers and mouse; $5 for VCR, DVD and stereo components; $5 for a scanner, printer or fax; $30 for a copy machine; $12 for a microwave; and $5 for electronic typewriters.

At those prices, McKinney estimated it would cost the city another $4,000 or $5,000 for spring clean-up.

In the past, he noted, a lot of microwaves and TVs had been set out for pickup.

The other option, he said, was for people to take their outdated electronics to the compactor themselves, where they would pay the price.

He also noted that city crews would have to run a separate truck on the spring clean-up route just to pick up electronics since they must be separated out.

"We need to look at what's practical," he said.

Alderman Joel Gibson noted that most electronics can easily fit into an average automobile and people could "haul their own."

The council agreed, and decided to omit electronics from its spring clean-up pickup schedule.

That schedule is set for April 9 through April 20.

Bundled limbs and bagged leaves will be picked up the week of April 9, and limbs must be tied in manageable bundles and placed curbside.

Non-hazardous items, such as old furniture, appliances and bulky items will be picked up the week of April 16.

All refrigeration units must have Freon removed and be legally tagged as "removed/recovered." Only two appliances per household will be allowed and only private residences will be served.

The city will not pick up tires or batteries. Bags of trash, or any items that can be placed in trash bags will not be picked up. No items will be picked up after 4 p.m. on April 20.

In other business, McKinney announced that he received a letter from the school complimenting the work of School Resource Officer Craig Hicks, who they say is doing a good job.

He also asked the council members to "look around" for street paving project suggestions after Alderman Cindy George raised the topic, saying the city should get going on paving projects early in the year.

Gibson asked about the status of the state highway widening project at the east end of town, remarking that people are getting tired of the orange barrels.

McKinney didn't have an answer, explained it was a state project, but did say that the city was hoping to receive a percentage reimbursement from the state for its utility relocation costs.

City leaders were originally told it would cost about $400,000 to move city utilities out of the state's right of way, but those costs soared to nearly $1 million because of an encounter with rock.

McKinney said the city requested $601,100 in reimbursement, based on the state's 55.38 percent ratio, which would bring the city's share back down to $400,000.

On a brighter note, McKinney mentioned that the town's newest park, Thomas Memorial Park, was nearing completion, children were already using the play equipment, and painting of the house on the property was the only project left undone.

He said a dedication and plaque installation is planned in the near future.

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