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Imperial council could approve funding curbside pickup

April 16, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — In a move to help residents here get rid of non-trash items such as old furniture or appliances, the City Council on Wednesday is expected to formally approve the expenditure of funds for a new curbside pickup program.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 410 S. Imperial Ave.

City Manager Vince Long said as part of the program residents would have a chance to face non-trash items picked up at their curbs May 10 and 11.

The pickup would be done by Valley Environmental Services and city officials are estimating the cost to the city at $16,000.

Long said the council will formally approve the use of city money for the project during Wednesday's meeting. He said residents will incur no costs for the program.

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He added the pickup is not designed for normal household trash but for old furniture such as dressers and mattresses, appliances such as refrigerators and other items such as tires, bricks or non-hazardous waste.

In other action, the council will consider having the city join the countywide telecommunication authority — a joint powers agency formed as the county, cities and schools have started to share fiber-optic technology.

Imperial is one of the few remaining governing agencies in the Valley that has not joined the authority, which is working to create a fiber optic network that would span the Imperial Valley.

Long said the council is one of the last holdouts because it is considering whether it is fiscally responsible to take part.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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