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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Council considering consolidation of departments

  • The Helena-West Helena City Council began “cleaning house” Tuesday as they met to discuss several financial situations during a special workshop that included a discussion concerning consolidating the street and sanitation departments.
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  • The Helena-West Helena City Council began “cleaning house” Tuesday as they met to discuss several financial situations during a special workshop that included a discussion concerning consolidating the street and sanitation departments. Multiple cans have been found outside single households and “these extra cans are not being paid for,” commented councilman John Huff. Huff explained that is a simple matter that can be resolved with an organized and well kept tracking system both within the water dept and sanitation dept. Huff suggested that an inventory be kept of each house and how many trash cans are being placed to the streets. “Any time a household uses more than one trashcan that should be reported,” stated Huff. The extra cans are not being paid for, he stressed. Huff also reported that there are several cans that need to be repaired or replaced stating some are barely in condition to hold waste. “You got some that have holes in them, some with broken wheels, and others without lids,” explained Huff. Huff believes that the sanitation department can do a better, more efficient job with appropriating funds if a tracking system is put in place. According to Huff, previously there was such a previous system but that has since changed. “Instead of just riding around, they should be out doing something,” commented Huff concerning the sanitation department workers. Councilman Jay Hollowell asked there could be a log of the sanitation routes. According to Huff, the issue of missing trashcans also has become a problem. “We have people that are paying for their trashcans that are broken down and then we have some that report that they have put out their trashcans but they aren't there when it's time for pick up,” commented Huff.

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