Bennettsville City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an amendment to the solid waste ordinance to eliminate picking up brown goods such as furniture, mattresses, and toilets at their Nov. 20 meeting.
The Public Works department will no longer pick up those items once the ordinance is approved on second reading at the January meeting.
The only items that will be picked up is yard debris and what is inside the green containers.
"If it doesn't fit in the green container, it needs to go to the dump," said Holly Swann.
Mayor Heath Harpe said the county council had recently issued a fee schedule so residents could take those items to the Red Hill convenience site.
Cost is $3 for upholstered furniture and mattresses; $3 per unit for electronics; $5 for TVs; and $3 for toilets.
For construction debris (wood, sheetrock, etc.), it is $12 minimum per 1/2 ton truck; less than truck load charge is $1 per piece or $10 max. No bricks, blocks or concrete will be accepted.
Harpe said the county put a provision where there is no charge for city of Bennettsville residents who have property in the county (outside of the city) and show proof of it.
Council member Tryon Abraham said some will ignore this and wanted to know how the city would ensure that items were removed from the street.
Harpe said the city will be tightening up on enforcement.
In other business, council members approved a request to upgrade a sanitation worker/operator position to sanitation worker/operator/pest control.
The change was for Kyle Coddington, who had taken on additional duties and has certification in pest control categories three and eight.
Public Works Director Bill Parrish said those licenses allow the city to spray weed killer and mosquito control. It moved him from pay grade 12-2 to 13-2. It will be a $1,250 increase.
Coddington will have to do continuing education to keep the licenses. If he loses his certification, he would return to the title of sanitation worker/operator.
City Administrator Max Alderman recognized the following employees' anniversaries with the city in November:
Robert Cousar, public works, 20 years; Sammy Crosland, police, 20 years; Thomas Dew Jr., fire, eight years; Deborah Reaves, police, seven years; Danny Locklear, wastewater treatment plant, seven years; Jeff Roscoe, electric, five years; Teddy Stubbs, fire, five years; and Jacob Stott, utility billing, three years.
In other business, council members:
--approved Rebecca McArthur of McArthur Farms and Beth Chavis of Healing Hands Massage Therapy as grand marshals for the city of Bennettsville Christmas parade at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4;
--approved the audit for the year ending April 30, 2018. The city received a clean or unmodified opinion.
--learned there will be no workshop or regular council meeting in December;
--learned the holiday schedule for city employees included Dec. 24, 25 and 26 for Christmas; and Jan. 1 for New Years Day;
--approved the first reading of an ordinance annexing 556, 765, 735, 741, 749, 753, 756, 750, 746, 738 and 732 Craig Circle.
--approved the first reading of ordinance annexing 565, 569, 577, 581, 589, 593, and 599 Terrace Drive;
--approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the city's Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance;
--approved a request for annexation of 430 Highway 15-401 Bypass West;
--approved accepting the Dislocated Worker Disaster Grant for two employees;
--approved the donation of property at 102/104 West Main Street from Tim Wilkes;
--approved the holiday schedule for 2019.