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EPHRAIM AWARDS GARBAGE-COLLECTION PACT TO CENTERFIELD FIRM

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The city administration has awarded a contract for a controversial citywide mandatory garbage collection.

Country Road Sanitation, Centerfield, Sanpete County, was awarded the contract with a low bid of $88,200, covering weekly pickups over a two-year period.The council opted for an automated system with the County Road Sanitation providing the large containers. The contract provides for residential collection only, with businesses and some institutions required to make their own arrangements.

County Road Sanitation will begin operation as soon as the necessary equipment has been obtained, probably sometime in early July, owner Ivan Munk said.

Residents will be charged $4.90 per household a month and will also be charged an extra $2 a month to cover the operating and maintenance costs of the new Sanpete Sanitary Landfill. The city will collect the fees with its monthly utility bills.

The mandatory phase of the garbage collection system became the subject of heated controversy over a period of several months, with opponents of the mandatory requirement gathering more than 500 signatures on a petition asking the city to rescind its approval of an ad hoc citizens committee recommendation of mandatory collection.

"We feel we have made the best decision for the city at the least cost to residents," city councilman Don Thompson said, in explaining the council's action in standing fast despite the substantial opposition.

In a letter to the editorial sections of local newspapers, one of the opponents of mandatory collection called the council's action "a disgusting display of tyranny and dictatorship by . . . elected city officials."

Officials had to close down the town dump several months ago because it was did not meet state and federal regulations.