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City looking to improve Sparkles program
by Coy Slavik
Jan 18, 2013 | 912 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – The City of Goliad approached city council members at the Jan. 8 meeting with options to improve the efficiency of the Goliad Sparkles program.

Goliad Sparkles provides residents free brush pickup three times a year. Goliad Public Works Director Cindy Shilinga informed council that residents need to receive more information about the program.

“Goliad Sparkles is a very successful program,” Shilinga said. “It’s groing and we want to make sure it grows in the right direction.”

Shilinga said in July 2011, 23 residents signed up for the program. That number increased to 29 in October 2011. She said there were 27 jobs in February 2012 and 52 in July 2012.

Shilinga said there are many residents not signing up for the program who are leaving brush to be picked in the city right-of-ways. She told council that there are still brush piles from July 2012 that haven’t picked up. The brush in the right-of-ways prevents the city from mowing the easements and effectively checking water meters.

“We’re having problems with these piles sitting out for six months at a time and these residents not signing up,” Shilinga said. “We had guys go around town and count how many piles weren’t on the list and we had 31 piles. Twenty-one residents signed up, but we had 31 piles no one signed up for.”

The labor cost for the July 2012 pickups has been approximately $2,700.

Harvey said city residents piling brush in city right-of-ways without signing up for the Sparkles program should face possible fines.

“They’re not playing by the rules, yet they still want us to come and pick their brush up,” Harvey said. “If you didn’t sign up, we’re not going to let the pile sit out there for two months.”

The next scheduled Sparkles brush pickup is scheduled for April.
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