During their April 9 meeting the Pine Grove Town Council passed the first reading on a new trash ordinance which will add a third tier to the garbage collection rates and raise a pre-existing tier's rates to help level out costs.
The ordinance is being amended based on the results of the council's study conducted recently that determined eight local businesses have a significant volume of trash above other businesses.
The added tier of the ordinance is for large businesses who will soon pay $50 for twice-weekly trash service. Additionally, the council is raising the commercial rate from $27 to $30 in efforts to cover rising diesel fuel costs. However, council clarified that residential rates will remain the same.
Councilman Tom Dulaney noted he had recently spoken with a man who operates the garbage collection in Preston County. In hearing the proposed new rates for the Town of Pine Grove, Dulaney told council the gentleman was surprised at the inexpensive fees, adding that Preston County businesses are charged $10 a yard. "We want to be fair with our businesses," Dulaney added. "The price established is extremely fair."
In a related matter, the council agreed to maintain the current water and sewer rates this year.
Regarding the building and grounds, it was shared the floors at the Byrd Center were recently waxed and that two four-foot by 12-foot planters, donated by Dallison Lumber, Inc., of Jacksonburg, have been built at the center as part of the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce's Grow Local Go Local partnership with the senior centers in the county. The plan is for senior citizens in the area to be partnered with younger residents to plant and maintain vegetables while learning from one another, and building community and even economic development. The raised planters are designed to make gardening easier for the senior citizens.
Lastly, Mayor Dave Barr shared with council that the sewer system upgrading project did begin in early April as anticipated. He said so far, "everything is running pretty smooth." The project is contracted out to Michel, Inc., out of Clarksburg, W.Va., and Cowgirl Up, Inc., out of Simpson, W.Va. The project is estimated to be completed by Dec. 31.