JENNINGS — After eight years, the Town of Jennings is looking for someone new to take out the trash.
Advanced Disposal has held the town’s garbage disposal contract since 2011 but the town council unanimously voted at its Oct. 1 meeting to cancel the current contract and advertise for bids on the service.
Council member Samantha Prueter said while Advanced Disposal has handled the service for eight years, it seems like they have just recently settled into their position. City Manager George Glover stated that his only real issue with Advanced Disposal was the company not returning the garbage cans in a timely manner.
The council also further discussed the issue with the fence on the Jennings Missionary Baptist Church property and closing of an alley from the September meeting.
“Open them all or close them all, I’m for having them all open,” Councilman Jerry Pittman said.
Pittman was involved in the heated discussion at the September meeting with Harry Pennington and his family members since Pittman was constructing the fence at the church. Pittman said at that time that the council had previously approved closing the alley way. although minutes from the April 2 meeting indicated the council had just provided permission for the church to move ahead with plans for a fence.
At the Oct. 1 meeting, no motion was made to hold a public hearing at the November meeting in order to close they alley.
Pittman also began a discussion during the meeting about the responsibilities of Town Manager George Glover. Glover has authority over the waste and water department, the road department, as well as the police department. The town manager has the authority to hire and fire employees, and if the employee disagrees with the decision, the employee may then bring the issue before the council to review and/or repeal.
Glover also told the council that deliberations were over in regards to the North Hamilton property, which will be split between the town and Corinth Christian Academy. The only part of the process left to take care of is final paperwork along with the final survey of the parcels.