COLDWATER (WTVB) - This could be the last year for Coldwater’s citywide annual trash pickups, or at least it was under discussion at last night’s City Council meeting. The pickup happens on two successive Saturday’s in the fall, and it began last weekend for the area east of Old 27, or Division/Marshall streets and this weekend, it’s for all properties to the West of that dividing line. Taking away all those items that show up on the curb, on average, costs around 30-thousand dollars. However, City Manager Jeff Budd reminded the Council that with the city’s new contract with Republic, there is sort of an option to the annual pickups since Republic will pick up one large item, per household, every week. Budd said that would also avoid the issue with the Township items accumulating in town annually for removal with the city picking up the tab. Mayor Tom Kramer said the money the city would save by scrapping the annual trash takeway could be put to good use, going a long way for, example, for some sidewalk repairs or property acquisitions for dealing with unsafe homes. Kramer said it may not seem like a lot of money, thirty thousand dollars, but it is and suggested there shouldn’t just be assumptions it’s going to happen one more year.
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