Article by W. Clay Crook-
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen for Lexington met on Monday evening, June 7, 2021, for a special called meeting to discuss the budget, new rates for the solid waste fund, and the bids for the Timberlake Industrial Park sewer project.
Michael Harper, with Lexington Utilities, presented the four bids for the Timberlake Industrial Park. The highest bid was $1,946,000.00, and Harper recommended and received approval for the low bid of $964,925.00 by Marbury Construction.
The board also reviewed two options for the solid waste fund. The current solid waste pick-up rate is $12.75 for residential and $23.50 for commercial. The options for residential were at $15.25 and $15.50 per month, and both plans breaking out commercial rates into the number of times that solid waste is picked-up and an industrial rate.
Mayor Griggs said that there had been an increase in the number of complaints on solid waste pick-up, and that if there are going to be increases then the customer service needs as good as possible. “We have to find a way to take care of the people who live here, and we are going to do that,” the mayor said. Looking at surrounding areas, Mayor Griggs said, that the proposals were still $2.00 lower and Lexington offers a larger variety of solid waste disposal from limbs to furniture, and recycling has been financially self-sufficient. The first reading for Option 2, with a residential rate of $15.50 was approved. The last solid waste change was in 2016.
The budget that was discussed for fiscal year 2021/2022 was very close to last year’s budget, coming in a $9,187,836.68 with allocations for non-profits at the same amounts as last year. The one-time federal dollars have not been allocated as yet, and some of the capital projects that were discussed for each department might be funded later with those funds. There was also discussion on whether the mowing at the city cemetery should continue to be done internally or contracted out. A public meeting will be held later to…
For the complete story, see the June 9th edition of The Lexington Progress.