By JIMMY ESPY
Lyerly Mayor Jim Ferguson and the town’s four council members have been very happy with the performance of Wright Sanitation, but they will still consider an agreement with another company.
Wright Sanitation has been collecting garbage in Lyerly for four years, but the town recently found out that the contract signed with the Summerville-based company four years ago has expired and needs to be rebid.
Ferguson told council members he expects bids from Wright Sanitation, Arrow Disposal of Abbeville, Ala., and Santek Waste Disposal of Cleveland, Tenn. Santek had the contract before Wright won the bid in 2015.
Lyerly customers pay $8.90 per household.
“It’s gonna take a heck of an offer for me to recommend anyone other than Wright,” said Ferguson.
The town will advertise for bids this week.
No sooner did the town complete one project at McLeod Park than another one is in the works.
Town workers recently completed a 791-foot long wooden fence at McLeod Park. Next up is seeking bids for a gravel parking lot to be on the open lot adjacent to the park.
Ferguson told council he hopes to have the lot built before the town’s annual Down Home Day celebration in October.
Lyerly resident Daniel Cook paid the town $2,500 for its 33-year-old fire truck. The town has been trying to sell the vehicle for several months. The open cab pumper truck had been replaced by a newer model.
Ferguson told council members to start thinking about possible projects for next year. He mentioned several he was interested in pursuing, including major repairs to the “small ball field” at McLeod Park. Ferguson said the field needs to be leveled and the dugouts repaired.
The mayor also wants to remodel the old restroom facilities at the park. New bathrooms were added recently but the plan is to keep the old bathroom open as well.
Repaving the walking track was also mentioned.
Ferguson said he is looking into possible grants that would help pay for the work.
The mayor also said he would like to “activate” a downtown development authority. He believes such a group would have more access to funding and more flexibility in finding ways to repair and utilize properties like the old Ragland Brothers service station, which was donated to the town.
Ferguson said the state requires seven members serve on the authority.
Ferguson also said the town needed to install surveillance cameras at several sites.