Lovejoy approves garbage service

By Justin Boron

The Lovejoy City Council stepped closer to making Lovejoy an official city Wednesday after it approved the third municipal-provided service needed for city certification.

The service also could lead to its eligibility for as much as $500,000 in Local Option Sales Tax that the county government currently receives, said Steve Fincher, the city's attorney.

The city left open many questions about how the service would be administered because debate threatened to paralyze the issue, which could have delayed certification for at least another year.

One of the areas that remains to be clarified was whether the city would contract the service to a private garbage collector or provide the service itself. Another question mark in the resolution centered around who would receive the service. Lovejoy's mobile-home parks would be exempt under the current resolution despite citizen demands that they be required to pay for and receive the garbage pickup as well.

The council left open the option of amending the resolution to include the mobile home parks.

Residents at the meeting also supported the idea of senior citizens either receiving an exemption or free service. Council member Arlie Aukerman, who is a senior citizen, said several of his "old-timer" constituents on fixed incomes were concerned that they would not be able to afford an extra fee.

Aukerman also was the only dissenter in the 3-1 vote approving the measure.