By Joshua Huff, sports editor
ARGO – Those frustrated with garbage pickup in Argo can take solace in the fact that the city council is aware of those grievances and plans on moving forward with replacing Advanced Disposal.
The number of frustrated citizens calling to complain about the service has reached the ears of Argo Mayor Betty Bradley and the city council, which broached the subject in the waning moments of Monday’s city council meeting with the council agreeing to move forward with process of dumping Advanced Disposal.
The city government has been concerned about the continuance of calls regarding the lack of trash pickup throughout the city.
“I just want us to find somebody who will do what they say they’re going to do and will take care of our citizens,” Bradley said. “I think it’s ridiculous that they put the garbage out there, call to schedule an appointment to pick up the trash and then a month later it’s still there.”
The list of complaints targeted toward Advanced Disposal is long: from whole subdivisions not serviced, to scheduled appointments not honored and businesses that have had to pay higher rates despite the garbage company not clearing out dumpsters.
The Tribune has reached to the Advanced Disposal’s corporate office for comment but have been unable to reach a representative.
The Argo city council will soon vote to begin the process of reaching out to other garbage companies in the area to start the bidding process.
“I just think that it’s time for us to do something about it because our citizens are suffering,” Bradley said. “They’re paying that premium and not getting their garbage picked up, streets are being skipped, subdivisions are being skipped and businesses dumpster fees are getting higher and higher.”
The council’s frustration with Advanced Disposal also encompasses the company’s refusal to respond to the complaints from both the council and citizens alike.
The council plans on voting to begin the bidding process in the near future.