During their first meeting at the newly christened Richard P. Eckert Civic Center, the Mason City Commission tackled a very light agenda before holding a reception to honor the memory of Mr. Eckert, and his widow, Adriana Eckert.
The main piece of new business was to consider an ordinance dealing with solid waste collection. City Administrator Brian Boudreaux explained that he had met with Landfill Supervisor Joe Beam to determine the problems encountered by employees in that department, and that the ordinance was an attempt to address some of those concerns.
Commissioner Eloise Burges expressed concern about requiring the bagging of garbage, as that could be an added expense for many customers. Commissioner Anna Velez noted that she knew some people used feed sacks for bagging their garbage, and Mr. Boudreaux said that would work if the bag was secured.
Some of the main points of the ordinance are:
• Trash will not be collected unless it has been bagged.
• The use of 55-gallon metal drums as trash cans is prohibited.
• Customers are limited to eight 35-gallon trash bags per collection.
• Brush, tree limbs, leaves and grass clippings will not be picked up as part of the regular collections.
• Construction material and debris is prohibited.
• All hazardous material is prohibited.
• For commercial customers, only approved dumpsters may be used.
The ordinance passed 3-2, with Commissioner Vacek, Mayor Hinckley and Commissioner Velez voting for, while Commissioner Burgess and Commissioner Beaty voted against.
In other action, the December 12 meeting was moved to December 19 to accomodate the absence of the City Secretary at a training class.