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W. JORDAN MEETING ON GARBAGE SYSTEM TAKES A COLORFUL TURN

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What color should the can be - black, pink or olive green?

That seemed to be the golden question during last week's City Council meeting, as Public Works Director Robert Davis introduced the city's new automated garbage collection system. The system is expected to be in full operation by November.Council members were somewhat surprised when Davis asked them what color the non-destructible polyethylene cans should be.

"You mean we have to pick a color?" asked Mayor Ken Miller, somewhat surprised. "Yes," responded Davis.

Miller then recommended that the "Roto-Cans," from Roto-Injection Products Inc., should be dark green to blend more with trees.

But Councilwoman Kathy Hilton expressed distaste for the green can and said she preferred black. "Green is so ugly. Can we pick another color?" she asked.

Other council members just looked surprised the issue was being considered and remained quiet, letting the more vocal ones decide.

A Roto-Injection Products representative jumped in with suggestions, saying the company manufactures a pink can that would be sure to please female residents.

Planning Commission member Bonnie Fernandez then said color selection didn't matter because the can is "one of the ugliest I've ever seen. Can we decorate it?" she asked.

The Roto-Can has a 105-gallon capacity and will hold the equivalent of seven ordinary 15-gallon refuse containers or 750 pounds. It is 45 inches high, weighs 43 pounds and rides on 10-inch wheels.

The anticipated purchase price of approximately 10,000 containers is $617,500, or $61.75 per container.

It is anticipated that five-year financing would be set up at approximately 71/2 percent interest. This would result in a monthly cost of $1.24 per month per container.

The supplier has also offered to charge $2.10 per container - or 4 cents per month - to assemble and deliver them to residents if the city doesn't want to.

After considering the options, city officials determined that the containers will be olive green.

Davis recommended the Roto-Cans because they were rated number one in a trash container performance test done at Brigham Young University for Ogden City. The container's 105-gallon capacity provides more room than competing products, which are typically 90 gallons, and each carries a 10-year warranty.