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Mayor Tomlinson looks ahead to New Year, pushes trash pick up

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- Trash pickup in Columbus has raised concernsfor a number of years.  Now Mayor Tomlinson wants to finally address theongoing hot button issues by moving forward with plans to reduce the number oftrash days in Columbus from two days per week to one.

It's one of the first things on her agenda this year, slated to bediscussed at January 30th work session at Columbus City Council.

"I generally do not feel, it is a controversial as it hasbeen in the past, the support for that when I brought it up last budgetsession, was absolutely overwhelming to go to once a week garbage pickup andsave $250,000 in tax payers money," Tomlinson said.  

That's $250,000 annually saving the city a million dollars in fouryears.

"That money could be better spent on other things, somethingthat is my responsibility, the city's responsibility to take to the citizensand let them make the decision through their city councilman."

Mayor Tomlinson says the final decision for now will remain withthe council but urges people in the community to voice their concerns to theircouncil members.

The Mayor says she has gotten overwhelming support from people inthe community. But it won't be easy to get the council to agree.

"Today we are one of the few cities that have two a weektrash pickup, the inefficiency that causes the unnecessary expenditures, thatmoney could be better spent on other things," Tomlinson says.

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