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Wilmer speaks out on Best Disposal

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JIM WILLIAMS
Ellis County Press

WILMER - After a year's worth of service, Wilmer City Council members and citizens had an opportunity to voice compliments and complaints to representatives of Best Disposal Services Inc. during the regular council meeting Thursday night, Aug. 17 at the community center.

Mayor Pro-Tem Don Hudson said there had been a problem recently concerning spilled garbage along streets on days when Best trucks and workers ran their routes in the city.

'Trash is being spilled on streets and not picked up,' Hudson said. 'If you spill it, pick it up.'

A Best representative said there would be a supervisor who would follow up the trash routes in Wilmer to make certain garbage was picked up if spilled.

He requested tree limbs be cut smaller - no more than four feet in length.

Council member Billy Wickliffe requested guidelines from Best for items which could be collected.

The Best rep said persons with questions concerning garbage items to be collected could call the disposal service.

Best has a new telephone number - 972-923-9674.

Council member Tiny Lange suggested Best leave its brochures at city hall for citizens to pick up when they pay their water bills.

Randy Johnson, manager of Riveroaks Mobile Home Park, had nothing but praise for Best.

'Best has been what they are - the best,' Johnson said.

He said fellow citizens just needed to make certain any tree limbs should be no longer than four feet for collection.

Another citizen, Dwayne Longino, also complimented Best.

Longino said the city has been in a lot better shape since Best began its service to Wilmer.

Marilyn Petton, wife of council member Jesse Petton, said people drop off cats near their home along Pleasant Run Road.

She said cats get into their trash containers, tearing the plastic bags containing garbage.

She said then when the garbage collectors pick up the bags they leave about half of the trash in the bottom of the container.

She said she ended up hauling it back to their house.

She said a Best truck bypassed her house on a day before the start of school. She is employed at the intermediate school in Wilmer.

On a split decision by a council vote about a year ago, it was decided to forego the city's own garbage collection service and hire Best.

'That garbage service is a joke,' citizen Connie Bain said. 'It was rammed down our throat. We didn't have a say about it.'

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