Walton County Commissioners Call for New Garbage Service Plan
SANTA ROSA BEACH – Waste Management, the private waste hauler that provides garbage collection services in Walton County under an agreement funded by a 1% local sales tax in place since 1994, has been asked to provide a plan to the Walton County Board of Commissioners. standardize garbage collection in the county, including the cost of such a plan.
In an effort led by Commissioner Danny Glidewell, the board spent part of its Tuesday meeting chatting with Ronnie Bell, who manages government waste management contracts in Northwest Florida, the establishment of uniform garbage collection services for the northern and southern ends of the county. In addition, the commissioners discussed with Bell the possibility of Waste Management providing 96 gallon wheeled bins to every household.
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Over the years, the various contractors who have handled the garbage collection have provided varying levels of service in different parts of the county. Today, Bell told commissioners, standardizing the service across the county would mean providing a twice-weekly household garbage service, weekly yard waste collection, and monthly bulk garbage collection such than the remaining household furniture, appliances and building materials. home projects yourself.
“We have no problem delivering whatever the board asks us or asks the staff (from the county government) to work with us,” Bell said.
“It will just take a little while, but we can get you that information (including the cost of providing 96 gallon collection carts to every household in the county),” Bell added. “You just give us directions on what you want, and we’ll find it.” “
When asked by Commissioner William “Boots” McCormick, Bell acknowledged that in some cases the twice-weekly garbage collection could be too much, but added that the pick-up which frequently practically ensures that the garbage stays inside from its container.
“If he’s loose, we’re not going to pick him up,” he said.
At the end of the discussion, Bell was ordered to return to the commission as soon as possible with a county-wide collection plan and cost. It was also asked to come back with a cost to provide a collection cart for each household, but the commission will consider this option separately.
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On Tuesday, commissioners began laying the groundwork for developing “business continuity” and “government continuity” plans by asking the county emergency management director to assist county departments and staff. , including the commissioners, to develop these plans.
The issue was raised by Commissioner Mike Barker, former director of emergency management for the county, who argued that circumstances such as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic or other emergencies such as hurricanes could seriously jeopardize the ability of senior officials and county government departments to do their jobs.
“If something happens to our management staff… what happens? Barker asked. “Who’s running the show? Who would take over? … When stress levels are high, when emotions are high, now is not the time to understand these things. “
Amplifying Barker’s point, Emergency Management Director Jeff Goldberg told commissioners that circumstances even less than a pandemic – such as a sewer leak that renders a critical county government facility inoperable – provide an argument. to develop continuity plans to ensure that the county government remains able to meet the critical needs of residents.
Emergency management has a business continuity plan in place that demarcates another operational site for the department if needed, Goldberg said. Emergency management also worked with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office to help the agency update its business continuity plan.
Beyond that, Goldberg suggested that a government continuity plan could establish clear lines of succession so that everyone knows who is responsible if an emergency leaves some officials unable to perform their duties.
Goldberg told commissioners that continuity plans don’t necessarily need to be massive.
“It could be something small,” provided he puts in place a process whereby ministries “can continue to function if something should happen.”