The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a resolution Monday evening establishing a discount program for residents who choose to recycle.
Beginning Sept. 1, households that recycle and meet the town’s guidelines for program participation will receive a $2 per month discount on their solid waste collection fees. According to the guidelines, any resident paying household garbage collection fees who puts out a recycling bin for collection twice a month on average over a three-month period is eligible for the discount.
Initially, the town’s solid waste staff will determine which residences are currently participating in the recycling program. Those residences will be added to the program beginning Sept. 1. Also, any resident who requests a recycling bin before Sept. 1 will be considered to be participating in the program. During the next three months, solid waste staff will document on a weekly basis residents putting out recycling.
Households that aren’t seen to be recycling twice a month on average will be removed from the discount list. They can be reinstated after the next quarter if they average recycling twice a month in the next three months.
To assist in documentation, the solid waste staff will use Ping GPS units.
Mayor Kelly Wolfe said the hope in initiating this program is to both increase the town’s level of recycling while at the same time decreasing its landfill fees.
In a further effort to improve the solid waste department, the board also approved a resolution for a capital outlay note to purchase solid waste trucks and dumpsters. The town had been discussing switching over to a front-loader dumpster pickup service, which requires not only a different truck than the town’s current rear loaders but different dumpsters as well.
During the budget process the board reduced the solid waste department by one position in order to generate revenue for this additional equipment. Along with those funds, the board approved a $235,000 capital outlay note to be paid over a seven-year period.
There was some discussion about whether to go with a five-year note as advocated by Wolfe or a seven-year note as recommended by Town Administrator Bob Browning. The board chose to err on the side of caution with the seven-year note in case revenues are not collected as projected.
In other business, the board set a date for a called meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 to set the property tax rate.