Cornelia garbage privatization ‘trashed’ in favor of rate increase

Source: Rob Moore,, June 5th 2013

The Cornelia City Commission voted Tuesday night to continue providing sanitation services for city residents. Following concerns by residents over a proposed $3-per-month rate increase, the city advertised for bids for the possible privatization of household garbage collection in the city, including providing rolling carts to 300 customers who currently don’t have one. City Manager Donald Anderson said the city received six bids, ranging from $8.50 per month per residence to $13 per month per residence….

…Both Ward 4 Commissioner Tony Cook and Mayor J.C. Irby said they received calls and comments praising the services currently provided by the city….Cook made the motion to maintain city sanitation services, raising rates to $18 per month. Ward 1 Commissioner Wes Dodd seconded the motion. In addition to their votes, Ward 2 Commissioner Janice Griggs voted in favor. Ward 3 Commissioner Don Bagwell was absent….