The Henrietta City Council denied a temporary waiver for trash service to Clay County Memorial Hospital during Monday’s regular meeting by taking no action on the agenda item. It was the first of two waiver requests to come before aldermen.
CCMH asked the city to allow the waiver for the vacant doctor’s office, located at 110 S. Archer St., for 12-15 months, or until a new doctor set up practice in the building. The city’s contract with IESI requires that all water customers also have trash service. A recent audit revealed that a few organizations did not have trash service.
“I feel like if we open it up for the hospital, we have to open it up for all of them,” said City Manager Kelley Bloodworth. “That should have never happened, but somewhere over the years, it did.”
After no motion was made on the CCMH request, Pete Johnson of Masonic Lodge No. 454 addressed the council. Johnson said the Henrietta lodge has an average attendance of eight Masons per monthly meeting. Each meeting includes a meal, prepared at home and eaten on paper plates. He said the lodge produces 12 pounds of trash per year.
“Now, I hear your comments and I agree, but I don’t think it needs to be a carpet decision. It needs to be on an individual basis,” said Johnson.
Bloodworth discussed possibilities available to the lodge, including the possibility of sharing a poly-cart with another business, an option limited to two downtown alleys because of space constraints.
In other business, the council accepted the resignation of Ward 2 Alderman Mike Roberts, and appointed Jim Lemons to fill the remainder of his term, which ends in May 2015. Alderman Robert Lavy was appointed to a two-year term on the Henrietta Growth Corporation board of directors. The council approved annexation of a 16.86-acre tract and a 0.56 acre-tract located at the intersection of Spur 510 and Hwy. 287.