Bulky item pickup begins this month

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By Stephanie Hornback

If you’re a county garbage customer and you have some items you’d like to get rid of that are too big to go in the trash, you’re in luck. The annual bulky item pickup begins Feb. 28.

At Tuesday’s Nelson County Fiscal Court meeting, Judge Executive Dean Watts said the county allocates a portion of customers’ $12.50 monthly bill to pay for the program.

“It’s one of the most well-received projects the county does,” he said.

The pickup used to begin in the southern end of the county because in the past, some who live just across the county line brought their bulky items into Nelson County when they began to notice items set out on the curb for pickup, Watts said at a previous fiscal court meeting. But some residents in the area complained that by always having to go first, they didn’t have enough time to set out their items. Watts said it was done that way with good intentions, but that he understood the argument and recommended a new order.

Director of Solid Waste Brad Spalding presented an alternative plan to fiscal court, with crews beginning in the Louisville Road area, then working their way clockwise around the county. Southern Nelson County, therefore, will be second in the three phases of pickup. Phase 1 begins Feb. 28; Phase 2, March 14; and Phase 3, March 28.

During bulky item pickup, the landfill will accept large items at no charge.

Bulky items commonly seen during pickup include couches, appliances such as refrigerators, and tires, Spalding said. He asked customers to separate tires from the other items because they do not go in the landfill and must be transported to another location.

Call (502) 348-1876 for more information.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, fiscal court:

• Heard from Road Department Supervisor Jim Lemieux that the county has enough salt and sand in stock for two or three more winter weather events. The road department ordered more, but it hasn’t arrived because the state is low on salt, Lemieux said. More is on the way on a barge from Louisiana, he said.

• Approved an amendment clarifying the county’s alcohol sales ordinance. County Attorney John Kelley said when the county began allowing Sunday sales, the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control department said the ordinance needed to specify that establishments selling only malt beverages or wine did not need an additional county license. The magistrates approved the change.

• Passed the second reading of a personnel policy regarding cell phone use by county employees. The policy applies to county employees flagging traffic, operating vehicles that require a CDL or working at the rear of trucks, such as garbage tippers. Cell phone use, including texting and Bluetooth or other wireless devices, is prohibited during such activities. Violators will be suspended for one day without pay. Continued violations will lead to further disciplinary action.

Each county department can implement a stricter policy for cell phone use if the department head sees fit, as long as disciplinary measures don’t exceed those in the ordinance.

• Approved an amendment to the county’s building code ordinance.

For single-family residential and manufactured housing, the mechanical permit and inspection fee changed from $42 to $75 per state requirements.

The former $66 inspection fee was dropped for pre-built storage and carport units if they are less than 200 square feet. They will still be inspected to make sure they are properly secured, but no fee will be charged.

Also changed was the inspection fee for privacy fences. For fences 6 feet and taller, the fee is now $33, down from $66. No inspection is required for fences 6 feet or less.