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Hartselle Enquirer

City adds teeth to garbage law

Joy Harris

Hartselle Enquirer

The Hartselle City Council expressed intent to amend Ordinance No. 1395 pertaining to solid waste disposal at Monday’s work session.

The change would make depositing solid or liquid waste into a receptacle legally utilized by another person or business unlawful.

This unlawful act would be considered a misdemeanor and would include a fine up to $500. Each day the waste was placed in the wrong container would be considered a separate violation.

The City Council also intends to extend Hartselle Fire Department’s dispatch agreement with Morgan County 911 into 2014.

Since HFD switched to dispatching from Morgan County 911, their dispatch time has decreased from around two minutes to less than 30 seconds, according to Fire Chief Steve Shelton. Shelton said he believed this switch was well worth the over $550 monthly payment since the citizens of Hartselle were being better protected.

The council also hopes to revise an agreement with Verizon to allow 70 total lines instead of 50. The Hartselle Police Department needed additional lines due to their new laptops.

Other matters discussed by the council included:

• Budget adjustments in the Department of Development, including a departmental transfer of $600 from office supplies to gas and oil and a $8,347.39 departmental transfer from engineering expenses to an upcoming landfill account.

• Budget adjustments for Park and Recreation, including a departmental transfer of $9,000 from building and grounds to pool utilities and a $2,000 departmental transfer from vehicle maintenance to gas and oil.