Heavy item pickup dates are a surprise PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD A. BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:27
Bowling Green residents will get a promised second heavy item pickup in 2013 but the timing may come as a surprise.
Director of Public Works Brian Craft told city council Tuesday night the pickups will be the weeks of March 18 and Sept. 16. In recent years the lone pickup has been the week following the completion of the spring semester at Bowling Green State University. Before that the city conducted the pickups in May, August and December.
Explaining the timing to council, Craft said the mid-March time will be at the end of the snow plowing season and before the mowing season begins. The mid-September timing is before the annual brush pickup and the start of leaf pickup.
"The burden will be on us to get the word out to the landlords that we are shifting away from the academic calendar and looking at the city as a whole," Craft said after the meeting.
"We will be asking the landlords to police their properties. As usual we will continue to offer heavy item pickup at any time for a fee," he said. The fee is $25 for the first item and $15 for each additional item.
The heavy item pickup is for properties served by city refuse collections and is intended for items that won't fit into containers used for weekly collections.
As has been the case for many years, the city will not pick up refrigerators, freezers, de-humidifiers and air conditioners, an no more than three mattress and box spring sets will be picked up per address.
Council also:
• Heard First Ward rep Daniel Gordon set a meeting of council's Community Improvement Committee for March 18 at 6 p.m. to begin a discussion on how to approach issues that laregly affect the east side of the city.
• Approved the appointment of Mark Wenning to the City Tree Commission through May 31, 2014.
• Learned from Director of Public Works Brian O'Connell that the natural gas aggregation for April through October will be 49.9 cents per 100 cubic feet. The present rate is 53.4 cents per 100 cubic feet.
• Heard O'Connell report the city's Electric Division  will receive a safety award from the American Public Power Association at an upcoming meeting in Florida. He doubted the city would be sending a representative to the event.
• Approved an ordinance to update city police tow list procedures and to charges and fees that towing companies may charge.

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