By Sandra Haschemeyer
The city is again picking up grass and leaf bags although the issue of what to do with the yard waste has not yet been resolved. For now the bags are being taken to a full dump site where an area of logs has been cleared to make room for the waste, according to Gary Hamilton, public works director.
The announcement was made at the Beardstown City Council’s committee as a whole meeting Tuesday night.
Several options were discussed regarding what to do with the yard waste. They included burning the waste behind the water plant, having outside contractors dispose of the waste, and having a manned site where residents would take the waste, thus eliminating city pickup.
Mayor Steve Patterson urged council members to make a decision soon.
In other discussion, Mayor Patterson said he met with several federal officials on Tuesday regarding the opening of the marina. He said the meeting was positive and believes that the project will happen.
“If we get the marina back, boats come back, it will bring in more revenue,” the mayor said.
Police Chief Roy Hurst announced that residents can bring in in unused or expired medicines on April 26 to the police department for disposal. Those unable to get to the drop-off site may call 323-2389 or 323-3131 for pickup.