City’s trash pickup system due changes

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Changes in municipal trash collection services are due to take effect early next year, local officials announced recently.

Letters received by City of Pawhuska utility customers early this month stated that trash pick-ups and hauling is to be turned over to a privately-contracted firm, Waste Connections Inc.

“The change will be beneficial for all our citizens,” a letter signed by City Manager Mike McCartney states.

“Best of all, your bill will remain the same,” the letter continues. “Furthermore, no City employees will lose their jobs.”

Waste Connections has a Bartlesville-area address at 83 County Road 2712, which is adjacent to the Osage Landfill off State Highway 123.

City customers are being told that Waste Connections will begin placing its poly carts and dumpsters on Monday, Dec. 28. The service’s initial trash pickups for Pawhuska are slated for Monday, Jan. 4. The letter notes that the private service will “provide curb side (not alley) service.”

Shortly after the letters were sent out, a Waste Connections sanitation vehicle participated in the local Christmas Parade.

The proposal for contracting with a private contractor was discussed during a Nov. 3 executive session of the Pawhuska City Council. A few days after the non-public meeting, City Manager Mike McCartney told the Journal-Capital that the private service contract was being seriously considered.

“We’ll more than likely be looking at some type of private option,” the city manager said, citing economic factors.

According to McCartney, the city replaced one of its sanitation trucks just a few months ago and had another “that is probably about to go down.”