KEYSER - City-wide trash service in Keyser has been placed on hold until officials can determine just what the regulations are in regards to which haulers can dump where.


By Liz Beavers
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Tribune Managing Editor
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KEYSER - City-wide trash service in Keyser has been placed on hold until officials can determine just what the regulations are in regards to which haulers can dump where.
City officials have been talking for some time about contracting with a single trash hauler for all residential properties in the city, in order to eliminate the current hodgepodge of haulers operating in the city limits and also to help ensure that all residences in Keyser have trash service.
In May, the officials had pretty well decided to go with a locally-based trash hauler whom they said is the only certified company currently working in Keyser, and therefore, according to the information they were given at the time, is the only trash hauler permitted to dump in West Virginia.
The officials said they prefer for the trash to be dumped in-state as it keeps the funds paid for dumping inside the state.
During their June 14 council meeting, however, city administrator Randy Amtower said it had been brought to his attention that, “according to interstate laws,” uncertified haulers can dump in West Virginia, “they just don’t because of the higher cost.”
The council therefore decided at that time to solicit bids for the service.
Since that meeting, Amtower said the locally-based certified hauler has filed a complaint, disputing the other haulers’ ability to dump in West Virginia.
“One’s telling you one thing, and the other’s telling you another thing,” Amtower said.
“My recommendation is to sit tight until we see what’s going to happen.”
Council member Karol Ashenfelter was adamant, however, that no matter what the outcome of the dispute, the city needs to fine those property owners allowing trash to build up on their properties.
“People will be fined and lose their license,” she said, referring to the recently updated ordinance which allows the city to turn repeat offenders who have not paid their fines in to the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles to have their driver’s license revoked.