Politics & Government

Cleanup blitz nearing for Centerville residents

CENTERVILLE -- Mayor John Harley and city officials are encouraging residents to get spring cleaning done and trash to the curb by Friday evening in anticipation of the city’s cleanup day Saturday.

Harley and council members discussed the biannual cleanup along with other business during their regular meeting Tuesday.

There will be one sanitation department run through the city Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. and trash bins at Centerville’s recycling center at 101 Industrial Way, just off Carl Vinson Parkway, to take other trash and debris that residents bring.

Councilman Randall Wright, who leads planning for cleanup efforts, told council members in March that the day will also include a cookout and other activities at the recycling center.

The event, usually scheduled the first Saturday in April, was moved due to the Easter holiday.

In other business Tuesday, Harley said council:

Agreed to spend two more weeks reviewing proposed changes and updates to the city personnel manual before voting to adopt at its April 21 work session;

Authorized an intergovernmental agreement with the Houston County Board of Elections to use county voting machines in city elections;

Considered a contract for a fireworks display during Centerville’s June 30 Independence Day Celebration. Harley said council is seeking minor changes to the contract before signing. The display would cost just under $5,000;

Changed the funding source for the Independence Day event to be split between the city’s general contingency fund and the city’s enterprise fund (water and sewer fund) rather than coming just from the general contingency fund. Harley said the enterprise fund was well ahead of budget this year and had available funds due largely to the lack of large repairs and equipment expenses so far this year.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.