City commission seeks more funds to cover landfill tipping costs

The Clean City Commission wants more funds during the next fiscal year to cover the cost of tipping fees at the county landfill.

City of Kingman planner Rich Ruggles said the current $9,500 budget does not include tipping fees currently paid through the city's sanitation department.

The Clean City Commission is trying to get a $12,000 budget approved for 2003-2004 to cover the cost of the tipping fees and trash cleanups throughout the city.

The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Ruggles said the public's response to the roving dumpster and recycling trailer and the semi-annual area cleanups has been encouraging.

The dumpster and trailer are taken to a different area of the city each month at no charge to residents.

"There does seem to be more awareness of this program," he said.

"There is a bigger turnout each time since we started in November."

"It gives them an opportunity to get rid of their junk," Ruggles said.

"It is helping the environment, and the illegal-dumping situation."

The Clean City Commission, the city sanitation department and Kingman Recycling have organized the monthly and semi-annual cleanups.

The city collected 15 tons of household trash at the semi-annual downtown area cleanup March 29.

Also collected from recycling bins were 4,000 pounds of metal, 1,000 pounds of cardboard, 1,133 pounds of newspapers, 276 pounds of glass, 46 pounds of aluminum cans, 93 pounds of tin cans and 62 tires.

The next monthly cleanup will be from 8 a.m.

to 2 p.m.

Saturday at Centennial Park in the parking lot off Burbank.

The roving dumpster will be available for most household items and yard debris.

However, the city cannot accept vehicles, batteries, tires, hazardous waste, refrigerators or air conditioners

Items that can be deposited in the recycling bins include aluminum cans, cardboard, newspapers, clear glass and steel food cans.

The city also offers a discounted rate for trash pickup twice a year.

Normally a residential trash pickup costs $14.55 per load (5 cubic yards of trash), said Ed Tapia, the city sanitation supervisor.

However, residents who live south and east of Interstate 40 can schedule a special pickup June 16-20 of one or more loads of household trash for a total cost of $3.

A special pickup for the northern half of the city will be scheduled in the fall, Tapia said.

Ruggles, the liaison between the city and the Clean City Commission, said the commission is trying to recruit one more board member.

The next meeting will be held at 5 p.m.

May 15 in the fire department training room at the city of Kingman complex.

For more information call Ruggles at 753-8160.