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Corydon council to discuss waste removal fee

The Corydon Town Council will have a public hearing Monday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall regarding a fee for waste removal.
‘The Town of Corydon has a street department that provides multiple services to citizens and businesses on a daily basis,’ Eva Bates North, council president and town manager, said. ‘They pick up waste, limbs and yard debris, vacuum leaves, handle ice and snow removal and various other services that many may not realize. They operate and maintain large trucks and several pieces of equipment that must be in running condition at all time.
‘Since the Waste Management transfer station located in Harrison County closed several years ago, the street department is required to transport the town’s waste to the Clark County transfer station,’ she said. ‘This has increased the cost of fuel, wear on the vehicles, additional employee time, damaged tires, therefore, increasing overall costs.’
The street department also needs a new, fully equipped dump truck, estimated to cost about $100,000.
‘Due to these increasing costs of maintenance and operations, the town will be introducing a nominal fee for waste removal,’ North said.
If implemented by the town council, the fee ‘ only to be used for the operation of the street department ‘ will be added approximately 30 days after approval.
‘The town has been very fortunate over the past years to have offered this free service,’ North said. ‘As we move to the future, the street department is taking on more responsibilities to take care of our valued citizens, businesses and churches in our community.’