KEYSER - The recent announcement that a local trash hauler is now charging to pick up recycling bins prompted Keyser City Council member Karol Ashenfelter to suggest revisiting the idea of city-wide trash service.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The recent announcement that a local trash hauler is now charging to pick up recycling bins prompted Keyser City Council member Karol Ashenfelter to suggest revisiting the idea of city-wide trash service.
The mayor and council have discussed the possibility on at least two other occasions over the past few years, but abandoned the proposal when a number of residents came out against the idea.
When Ashenfelter suggested taking up the issue again, however, she was not met with unanimous agreement on the council, and touched off a heated exchange with a citizen in the audience.
“I have yet to hear anyone who wants city trash service,” council member Eric Murphy said, to which Ashenfelter replied, “Well then you’re not talking to the right people.”
Murphy said contracting with a specific trash hauler to service the entire city would eliminate competition and, therefore, competitive prices.
Ashenfelter felt, however, that a contract with the city would translate into lower cost for the residents.
Council member Sonny Alt, sitting in for an ailing mayor Ed Miller, said he felt the officials should hold another public meeting so people could express their opinions on the issue.
Mark Tranum, who was seated in the audience, said that he felt “the public already made their decision.”
Recalling the meetings that were held on the issue a few years ago, Tranum said, “Ninety percent of the people didn’t want it. They overwhelmingly turned it down.”
“That was 90 percent of three people who showed up,” Ashenfelter countered.
“No, the room was packed,” Tranum shot back.
As for those people who currently have no trash service and are just dumping their trash wherever, Tranum said, “That’s why we have a code enforcement officer. He needs to quit harassing contractors and do his job.”
“That IS his job,” Ashenfelter said.
Since the issue was not on the agenda at the time, no action could be taken.
The Keyser City Council meets again on  Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m.