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Jemison signs new garbage service contract

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

The Jemison City Council approved a three-year contract with Republic Services for residential solid waste collection during its March 15 meeting.

Republic Services was the lowest received during the bid process.

City Clerk Vicki Potts said the company is the same one that the city had been using, so nothing should change for residents.

Garbage rates will remain the same.

Under the new contract, the city of Jemison will pay $15.90 for one-can customers and $22.10 to two can customers to Republic Services. This contract goes into effect April 1.

Also during the meeting, the Council heard a request to close Thompson Chapel Lane from Highway 31 to Ollie Drive temporarily on April 4 for Easter from 8 a.m. to noon. The request came from Mark Bolton, pastor of Thompson Chapel.

“With the COVID restrictions and concerns to protect ourselves and our health, for Easter service, we do not anticipate being able to fit everyone inside the building and we are hoping to have outside service,” Bolton said.

He said closing the road would give the church more parking options.

City Administrator Shannon Welch said the city’s attorney had confirmed that since it was only a temporary closure Mayor Eddie Reed had the authority to approve the request. Reed gave his approval saying it was a good idea.