Houston County Commissioners Consider Upgrades to Trash Pick-Up

Houston County wants to upgrade its trash pickup services.

County Commissioners discussed starting a trial run with an automated garbage truck at today’s administrative meeting. Residents will get one can but can purchase a second one.

Once the trucks are ordered, it will take 6 to 7 months for them to be delievered.

The trucks will run one route a day for 4 days a week. Officials say this will save the county money.

“Just long term savings for the county, I mean if we can eliminate you know two positions and not thru firing anybody but thru attrition, you know that’s $80,000 dollars a year from now on we can save,” explained Engineer Barkley Kirkland.

The trucks will be similar to the City of Dothan’s trucks.

Commissioners hope to start the trial run early next year. It is expected to save nearly $80 million in labor costs.

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