Lack of a particular designation for the Rock Avenue transfer station should not affect the PMUA's outside contracts, CFO Duane Young said Tuesday.
Young confirmed that the authority does not have a Class C designation to accept grass clippings, but said most of its contracts with other municipalities are for brush and debris that is rated as Class B.
The issue came up at Monday's City Council meeting when Councilwoman Diane Toliver questioned City Administrator Rick Smiley. She said a landscaper told her the PMUA was not accepting grass clippings. When told grass should be cut and the clippings left, she said they would "end up in the street."
Oren K. Dabney, director of the Department of Public Works & Urban Development, said the city may be able to provide bags for the clippings.
Although the city and the authority are separate entities, Councilman Cory Storch commented that he was glad that the city was looking for a solution.
(Having covered the PMUA since its inception, my concern was over the authority's possible loss of revenues from outside contracts with nearby communities, a longtime goal that was only realized in recent years. I am glad to report that it will not affect the contracts.)
The council will also seek a joint meeting with the PMUA to discuss mutual concerns. Click to see a report on the May 2016 joint City Council/PMUA meeting.