It’s time for spring cleaning around the city of Elizabethtown and at Monday’s city council business session, the schedule for the citywide cleanup was announced.
Public Works Director Don Hill said trash and debris removal begins April 4 and ends April 29.
“When spring cleaning, there are already piles of debris,” he said.
Hill said loose items should be secured in good quality clear plastic bags no larger than 50 pounds. Cardboard boxes or garbage cans should not be used.
Bags are $3 for 25 or $27 for a case of 250, Hill said.
“If you have large items, we ask that you place them near the street and separate them from the brush,” he said. “If you have smaller items, we ask that you put them in a bag.”
Hill said objects placed near the street should not impede traffic and avoid placing objects near overhead power lines.
Bags for bulk items can be purchased at the Public Works office at 301 Waterworks Drive or at the Pritchard Community Center at 404 S. Mulberry St. in Elizabethtown.
No trash, hazardous materials, liquids like paint, oil and antifreeze, construction debris, tires or automobiles will be picked up, Hill said.
With spring break next week, Hill said residents may not have items placed in Zone 1 in time for the first round of pickups, so city workers will return. in the areas as often as possible during the month.
“During spring cleaning, we will continuously travel city routes starting in Zone 1 and ending in Zone 4 to do two to three laps around the city” during the month, he said. . “It just depends on how much debris has come out.”
According to Hill, Zone 1 is west of US 31W and north of Ky. 1357, Zone 2 is west of US 31W and south of Ky. 1357 and north of Rd. CSX Iron, Zone 3 is east of US 31W and north of Ky.251, and Zone 4 is east of US 31W and south of Ky.251.
If residents do not wish to leave brush and debris on the side of the road, Hill said they are encouraged to bring it to the Public Works office for disposal.
“We encourage drop-offs if (the debris) is generated within the city limits of Elizabethtown and comes from residential properties,” he said. “If you don’t want to wait on the driver’s roads to pick it up, you can take it down to public works.”
Hill said the depot is offered year-round to bring debris and brush to the Elizabethtown Department.
Hours of operation for the Public Works office are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
From April 25-29, Hill said the city offers device disposal, but pickup must be scheduled in advance by calling 270-737-7890.
Appliances accepted include dehumidifiers, washers, dryers, stoves and water heaters.
Items such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and central air conditioners containing freon will not be picked up without a tag indicating that the freon has been removed.
Hill said the department recycles items that can be recycled.
In other cases:
• Larry Vertrees made a presentation on behalf of Pickleball enthusiasts saying it is one of the fastest growing sports in America. He requested designated pickleball courts in one of the city parks or possibly the conversion of tennis courts in University Drive Park.
“I’ll tell you…when we get into our budget discussions in May, that’s going to be one of the things we’ll talk about,” Mayor Jeff Gregory told Vertrees after his presentation. “We are very open to the idea.”
• City Administrator Ed Poppe proposed a new change order policy to establish allocation guidelines in an effort to bring consistency to construction projects.
Under the current ordinance, variation orders that remain below a project’s approved threshold, the board does not have to approve. Otherwise, change orders must be presented to the board for approval.
According to the proposal, on a project costing $500,000 or less, change orders should not exceed 10% of the cost of that project before needing board approval. For a project between $500,001 and $2 million, the threshold is 5% of the total cost and for projects over $2 million, the threshold is 2.5% of the total project cost.
Poppe said that upon completion of construction projects, the council will receive a spreadsheet detailing change orders.
The proposal was presented to council for consideration at its next meeting, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on April 11 at Elizabethtown City Hall. No meeting is scheduled for April 4 due to spring break for local school systems.