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Augusta Democrats trash idea of reducing pickups

RICHMOND COUNTY

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Augusta voters concerned about pungent odors made it clear Tuesday that garbage collection should remain twice a week.

Sixty-one percent, or 4,829, of the 7,918 registered voters who voted in the Democratic primary were not in favor of decreasing trash pickup from twice to once per week, according to the party's straw poll questionnaire.

L.C. Myles, the vice chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party, said he suggested posing the question because people in his neighbor- hood are concerned about garbage collection.

Augusta Solid Waste Director Mark Johnson has met with the Fairington/Town and Country Neighborhood Association and other county neighborhood organizations about the prospect of weekly garbage collection.

"The discussion generated most consternation," Myles said. "The garbage smells bad enough as it is."

Johnson said the option is one of several he plans to propose to the Augusta Commission in coming weeks to cut solid waste costs.

Currently, customers receive trash pickup twice a week and recycling, bulk and yard waste pickup once a week. He plans to propose three options: keeping collection services the same; offering all collection services once per week; or having garbage collection once a week, recycling and yard waste every other week and bulk pickup by request.

"There's been support both for and against it," Johnson said. "The question becomes: Are we paying for convenience or necessity? Convenience is nice, but what should government provide as base service?"

Lowell Greenbaum, the chairman of the local party, said he had not expected the trash pickup question would be answered by every Democrat who voted Tuesday.

"We're delighted that they expressed themselves so clearly," he said. "They're happy with the way things are. They don't want the city smelling."

Myles said he plans to present the poll results to commissioners in hopes of influencing their decision on Johnson's proposal.

"I'm hoping the commissioners are responsive, because many of them are up to be re-elected," he said. "These are the people who show up to polls. The real voters have spoken."

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datarelease
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datarelease 07/22/10 - 12:31 am
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Yeah, who wants to see our

Yeah, who wants to see our Potential just sit there sliming over; even the roadkill has buzzards.

airbud7
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airbud7 07/22/10 - 06:11 am
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Like Democrats care what

Like Democrats care what voters think, ha ha thats a good laugh.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 07/22/10 - 07:43 am
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neighbor- hood..... lol
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neighbor- hood..... lol

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 07/22/10 - 07:43 am
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neighbor- hood..... lol
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neighbor- hood..... lol

corgimom
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corgimom 07/22/10 - 02:05 pm
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"or having garbage collection

"or having garbage collection once a week, recycling and yard waste every other week and bulk pickup by request."

The yard waste part being every 2 weeks isn't going to work; where are you going to pile it for two weeks, especially if it's something big like major pruning? Are people supposed to let yard waste sit at the curb for up to 13 days at a time?

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Reverie 07/22/10 - 08:59 pm
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Richmond County taxpayers

Richmond County taxpayers need to remember that an extra pickup for trash is costing them elsewhere. The people who receive twice a week trash pickup are the same ones complaining about some other service they don't have. They want it all. I have lived with one trash pickup per week my entire adult life. Manage your waste, recycle when you can, save some tax money for something else, or even cut taxes. What a waste!

oneofthefrontrowgang
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oneofthefrontrowgang 07/23/10 - 10:13 am
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Again Dr. Greenbaum is out of

Again Dr. Greenbaum is out of touch with the real world. He says that the only people that count are OBAMACRATS. He really needs to get a life. I hope he is not one dimensional with his patients.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 07/23/10 - 05:55 pm
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How about we hire our own

How about we hire our own garbage company and pay for how many days we want.

jack2006
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jack2006 07/23/10 - 06:02 pm
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Director Mark Johnson - We

Director Mark Johnson - We need a director that can negotiate for the tax payers not a person that says that it's only a few dollars more. We need you to negotiate for the tax payer and not for the vendors. Can you do that for once? I prefer the old system with trash companies competing for your business and not this city monopoly of bad trash service.

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Dixieman 07/25/10 - 07:02 am
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"Augusta: A great place to

"Augusta: A great place to pick up trash!"

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