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Amwaste vows improvement to county garbage services

WEDOWEE – At Thursday’s workshop meeting of Randolph County Commission, two representatives from AMWASTE addressed the commission concerning complaints and lack of service throughout the county.

Speaking on behalf of the company was Mike Crosman. He said that when the company signed a contract with the county, it was their first residential venture. He said, “At one time we had five routes and five drivers, then COVID hit us and hit us hard.”

He went on to say there had been a large number of complaints, and there had been some problems with customer service. Crosman explained, “We are back to full staff now with new equipment, and we are going to correct the problems. We have struggled bad with a lack of employees, high fuel costs, broken equipment and sickness, but we can see progress being made. We have hired new customer service employees to take phone calls.”

Crosman said the problems should be corrected this week, and hopefully the routes will be run on correct days and phone calls will be answered in a timely manner. He stated, “We just wanted you to know we knew of the problems and we are fixing them”

Land for rescue squad

Capt. Douglas Kirk and executive secretary Matthew Knight addressed the commission concerning land at the new county jail site for a new building for Randolph County Rescue Squad.

Kirk said he and Knight had talked with commissioners about some property to build a new rescue squad building which would be in a central location of the county. The captain said the squad had grown to 41 active members, and in recent training, 31 members participated comprising of 807 manhours.

Knight said there had been only four calls this year with two being drownings. The two emphasized the fact the squad had outgrown its present building and will have to build an additional building at their present site if they can’t get some property from the commission.

“We have been blessed with so much support that we have run out of room for our equipment,” Kirk said. After a brief discussion the commission agreed to give the squad some land near the county jail and begin the process of developing plans for relocation.

Landfill fees

The commission approved new fees for the county landfill. These changes came at the request of auditors. All fees will be even money, and residents must have the exact amount and no change will be given.

The new fees are as follows:

  • Minimum charge for pickup truck or trailer: $20
  • Single-axle dump truck: $40 (8 to 11 yards)
  • Single- and double-axle dump truck: $80 (12 to 20 yards)
  • Tri-axle dump truck: $100 (12-25 yards)
  • Utility/dump trailer: $30 (2 feet high body)
  • Utility/dump trailer: $60 (4 feet high body)

Dumpsters, roll-offs and tractor trailers are prohibited. For more information on items that are allowed and what is prohibited, residents can call the commission office. Ther landfill hours are every Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and first and third Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Engineer’s report

County engineer Burrell Jones gave his report on work that has been done in the past two weeks. From July 24 to Aug. 6, the department mowed 82.60 miles, scraped 20.85 miles and clipped the shoulders on County Road 16. Jones said the number of employees in the road department is 25 with two in the shop and four office employees.

Sheriff’s report

Sheriff David Cofield said there were 71 inmates in the county jail, 56 male and 15 female. The sheriff told commissioners that COVID is making rounds in the department again, a couple of deputies and a couple of jail employees.

In other business, the commission:

  • Heard a report from the financial officer that gas tax collections were $50,000 less this year.
  • Appointed Butch Jackson to the solid waste authority.
  • Appointed Rachel Heard to the Department of Human Resources Board.
  • Appointed Rhonda Cofield to the Randolph County Healthcare Authority to replace Bill Caypless, who is now the executive director.
  • Appointed Sydney Prince to the Randolph County Healthcare Authority.
  • Tabled a request from Sustainable Growth Communities LLC and the county economic authority to approve the creation of a cooperative improvement district for the Watermark on Lake Wedowee development project.
  • Adopted a policy creating steps in the hiring process to ensure legal compliance. Approved combining the Aug. 22 meeting with the workshop meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18.
  • Approved renewing the contract with Lee County Juvenile Detention Center.
  • Approved for the engineer to change stone sizes on selected Rebuild Alabama project sites.
  • Announced the budget workshops will be held Tuesday, Aug. 30, and Thursday, Sept. 1.
  • Announced the courthouse and annexes will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day.


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