How many chances will garbage firm get?

Published 10:27 pm Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It looks like Lincoln County might soon get a new garbage contractor.

The Board of Supervisors again spoke with representatives of Waste Pro about poor service. According to county officials, it’s not just that a couple houses are being skipped when garbage trucks run, but entire sections of the county are being missed.

“The biggest problem is the frequency with which we’re having whole sections of the county missed,” Tax Assessor Blake Pickering said.

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“I’m ready to take bids for another waste service,” District 4 Supervisor Eddie Brown said.

This is at least the third time supervisors have asked Waste Pro to do a better job in the past few months alone. And just like previous meetings with the company, a Waste Pro rep provided supervisors with a new phone number to call if there are problems reported.

But supervisors have grown tired of the excuses and promises to do better.

Garbage pickup is one of those things that residents don’t want to worry about. They want to know that their trash will be picked up when it’s placed by the road — that’s what they pay for. When it’s not, people will rightly complain. And supervisors are understandably tired of hearing complaints from residents.

Waste Pro contracts with the county and, like any contractor, is judged based on price and performance. It looks like it might be time to find another contractor.