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Marion County residents may see an increase in their garbage fees in the near future.
During the April 5 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly announced that the Nelson County Fiscal Court is increasing its fees for disposing of waste at the Nelson County landfill.
Starting July 1, Marion County will be charged $11.45 per cubic yard of compacted trash delivered to the Nelson County landfill.
"This is about a $2 per cubic yard increase," he said.
Based on the amount of trash the county currently delivers to the Nelson County landfill, this will increase the county's trash expenses by around $80,000 per year, Judge Mattingly said.
The county charges $9 per month to senior citizens and $12 per month to other county residents for trash collection. Judge Mattingly said this has been enough to cover the county's expenses.
"We don't make any money on the garbage fees," he said.
Judge Mattingly said this could mean the Marion County Fiscal Court will need to increase its trash collection fees for county residents. He estimated it might mean an increase of $1 per month, but no decision has yet been made.
Magistrates John Arthur Elder III and Roger "Cotton" Smothers have agreed to serve on a committee to examine the county's trash rates.
In other business:
- The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved the bids for a pair of bridge projects. During the April 5 meeting, the magistrates approved bids for bridges to be built on Ward's Branch Road and Scuffle Creek.
Hornback Construction submitted the only bid on both projects.
The bid for the Scuffle Creek project was approved at $70,400, which includes $4,500 for guardrails.
The bid for the Ward's Branch Road project was $63,490, which includes $3,700 for guardrails.
- The court approved a resolution recognizing the Ursuline sisters for 100 years of service in Marion County. Mary Lois Speaks and Phyllis Troutman were present to accept the resolution on behalf of the sisters. The Ursulines will be hosting a celebration April 27 to mark this anniversary.
- The court also approved a resolution marking April as Autism Awareness Month.
Lisa Nally-Martin accepted the resolution on behalf of parents of children with autism. The second Working the Puzzle for Autism Walk is scheduled for April 21 at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon.