The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 17, 2013

Task force to have last scheduled meeting before presenting trash plan to Pittsburg officials

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
astefanoni@joplinglobe.com

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Members of the solid waste task force will meet for their last time today to try to reach a consensus as to which form of trash collection system to recommend to the Pittsburg City Commission before next Tuesday.

The 20-member group was formed Nov. 13 by order of the commission, which directed the task force to explore options to improve the health and wellness of residents, and beautify the city.

By state statute, the group had 90 days in which to present a plan. That deadline is Feb. 11, but Jan. 22 will be the last city commission before that date.

During previous meetings, the task force determined that 20 percent of Pittsburg residents do not have trash service and are in violation of city code, prioritized what members believe are problems related to solid waste disposal in the city, and analyzed five options for systems of trash service.

Tonight, the task force will revisit how to dispose of bulk items, the possibility of waivers for indigents or those who share trash services with a family member or a business, and scheduling of routes in order to avoid multiple pick-ups on one street on the same day.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center, 201 N. Pine. It is open to the public.