With the town’s contract for garbage pickup up for renewal, the council is asking companies to submit bids which include a recycling service to see if recycling is viable.
The council also accepted a proposal from Bart Wales to use a volunteer force to clean up the town. They authorized the city secretary to have the city attorney draw up the needed paperwork.
“I keep reading in the paper letters about the town not doing this or wasting money on that,” Wales said. “Well, I am tired of no one offering to help, just complaining. I am here to offer an idea and some support to the town.”
Under Wales’ proposal, volunteers and officials will set a date to make a sweep of property that needs attention.
He asked that the town select the spot for cleanup and obtain permission from the land owners. He suggested that the town obtain a BFI roll off. Volunteers then will donate time and money for the work. Wales pledged two hours of work and $100 at the meeting.
“I can already hear the excuses - I’m too old, too young, I don’t have money,” Wales said. “Well, I have two bad knees and the economy has not been kind to me either. I work 51 hours a week. But I think it is time for us to help our town and do something positive.”
In other matters, the council allocated $500 from hotel motel tax revenues to the Refugio Little League and $825 to the Refugio County Historical Society.