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Glasgow Councilman Marlin Witcher, from left, asks a question of Mayor Harold Armstrong, not pictured, as Department of Public Works Superintendent Roger Simmons reviews some paperwork during Monday's meeting of the Glasgow Common Council Infrastructure Committee, which Witcher chairs. Melinda J. Overstreet / Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW – The superintendent for the Glasgow Department of Public Works has his list, and he's checking it at least once to determine which commercial customers may not be paying for city trash pickup but should be.

Superintendent Roger Simmons had obtained a list from the Glasgow Water Co., which does the billing for the city's sanitation service, of all commercial customers who were still on record as having elected to not have their trash picked up by city sanitation workers, choosing instead to hire an independent contractor provider to handle trash pickups.

“For some reason, not all, but some of these in this list have blue trash cans, so basically they're getting trash picked up for free,” he said.

He said he's gradually making his way through the list and checking to see whether these locations have dumpsters or containers used by other providers or the blue bins used by Glasgow DPW, “because we're losing money – quite a bit of money.”

“I just want to make you guys aware,” Simmons said.

He also provided the committee with a bit of a heads up that power costs for the department may be around $2,333 more than budgeted for this year, but he said the bills for sanitation, street and parking structure buildings vary, so it can be difficult to predict.

Simmons had four pages of documents showing the break down of utility costs that mostly focus on the 2,809 street lights the city has, with 2,630 of those being powered by the Glasgow Electric Plant Board at an average monthly cost of $10.66 each. The rest are powered through Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. at an average monthly cost of $16.40 each.

The estimated yearly total for all the streetlights together is $371,656.80, out of the estimated total for all utilities for all DPW facilities at $392,490, including some new streetlights anticipated.

On a related note, a resident request for a streetlight had been made for Balmoral Way, because there has been some suspicious activity, with individuals' parking there and throwing out trash, etc., but then another request had been received by a council member to cover an entire neighborhood, with a total of five streets including Balmoral.

April Russell, stormwater and grant oversight manager for the city as well as former interim superintendent, said the city did build those streets, but the process is that a petition needs to be passed among the residents and more than half would need to be in favor getting them.

“Whoever the person is that requests them, we kind of put that burden on them,” she said regarding circulation of the petition.

Simmons said he has also received a request from Barren County Schools to rename Old Cavalry Drive as Trojan Way and to learn about the process for doing so, and Mayor Harold Armstrong said another request to rename the road had been received that has been pending since January. He said those requests need to go through the staff at the Joint City-County Planning Commission of Barren County first, and from there they go to the Barrens Information Technology Systems staff.

The mayor said the prior request was to name it “after an individual who has basically done a lot for that side of town.” He said it may be possible for both names to be assigned to different segments of the street.

Armstrong said he would check with Kevin Myatt, planning director for JCCPC, on the status of that process. The Glasgow Daily Times attempted to do that Monday afternoon after the noon meeting, but Myatt was out of the office.

With regard to the installation of street lights at Veterans Outer Loop intersections,. Simmons said Farmers RECC was doing some simulations to determine the best locations for the lights. Armstrong said the city may want to consider starting with solar lights.

Simmons had also mentioned at the first of the meeting a resident's request to change the speed limit for Trapper Trail from 35 miles per hour to 25 mph out of concern for children's safety, but that decision goes through the police department, he said.

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