Pleasant View council OKs spring cleanup vouchers for green waste facility

Apr 5 2012 - 5:43pm

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PLEASANT VIEW -- The city council has decided to provide vouchers for residents to use at the Weber County green waste facility.

In previous years, Pleasant View has had a spring cleanup service, with city employees using city trucks to pick up green waste from the curb. Last year, the council did away with that project because of problems, including improper items left out for pickup and the time city employees spent searching for the green waste throughout Pleasant View.

"Some residents are not happy with that service not being provided," said City Administrator Melinda Brimhall.

She said the city could provide a voucher for residents to use at the county green waste facility.

"They would be responsible for hauling their own waste to the facility."

Or, Brimhall said, the council could eliminate any spring cleanup assistance by the city, leaving residents to solve the issue on their own, which is what the council did last year.

One more option discussed was green waste pickup by appointment.

Council members unanimously agreed to go with the voucher option, with a one-time-only use.

"I like the voucher option. It gives residents one pass to dump green waste at the (county facility)," said Councilman Scott Boehme.

"We are still offering a service, and it saves the city from driving around and picking up items and things that are left at the curb."

Councilman Jerold Burns wondered what the city could do to help elderly residents and said some yards could use cleaning up. He asked if there was a way for the city to do a one-time pickup for seniors.

To qualify for that sort of assistance, Brimhall said, residents would have to meet some sort of criteria, such as age, disability or low income.

"We can look into it, but it could get complex rather quickly," she said.

Councilman Michael Humphreys suggested the city just go with the voucher option, adding, "This will be a good learning experience for this year."

Some residents do not own trucks to haul green waste, said Mayor Doug Clifford, adding he encourages neighbors to help each other.

Clifford also said the voucher system would be more cost effective than the approximately $800 the city has spent on spring cleanup in the past.

"If every resident took us up on (the voucher), it would be $900," Clifford said. "I think 10 percent (using the voucher) would be a high number."

Council members approved a one-time-only voucher that can be used during April and May.

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