By Al Dozier

 

After continuing complaints about garbage service, the Irmo Town Council Tuesday voted to terminate a contract with provider Advanced Disposal.

The unanimous decision came after several citizens appeared at Tuesday’s meeting and complained about missed pickups and delays. The complaints have been ongoing for months.

“We expect you to take care of us,” said Irmo resident Susan Floyd. “We can’t do your job.”

The town has repeatedly called for improvement in the services, but the complaints haven’t stopped.

“We hear you.” said Councilman Mark Pouliot. “We are angry.”

But it will take some time to make a change.

Town officials said new bids will go out but the current contract with Advanced Disposal will not expire until July.

In other action the council received a code enforcement update for March that cited 61 abatement notices. Problems included violations regarding protected trees, unlawful signs and peddling. One fine of $1,087.50 was levied on property owner for dilapidated housing.

The council heard a request for another Middle of the Midlands Walk/Run event at the Community Park of Irmo July 1. The event raises money for women with breast cancer.

This year the sponsors would like to include bands, for an entertainment event and food vendors

“We want to broaden the horizons,” said spokeswoman April Sampson.

The council agreed to provide use of the park for the event.

The council also discussed planning a public event in the Irmo area for the solar eclipse of the sun August 21. Gatherings are already planned for the nearby Lake Murray parks as part of celebrations that will go on throughout the East Coast for the unusual event.

The council gave second reading approval to the annexation of two tracts of land on Dreher Shoals Road. Town officials said the tracts, one of them 28 acres and the other 20 acres, will be developed as residential areas in the future.

The council also gave second reading approval to a rezoning of a two lots on Salem Church Road adjacent to the railroad tracks from Fringe Agriculture to General Commercial.

The council approved a contract with Speer Entertainment for $15,500 to provide (Mother’s Finest) at the Okra Strut Festival. Another entertainment for $7,750 with East Coast Entertainment was also approved.

The council also approved a contract for $5,600 with Custom Audio and Lighting for lights and sound systems for the festival.