| By Jason C. Mattox
The City of Sardis moved one step closer to getting out of the garbage collection business.
During a special called meeting Tuesday night, the mayor and board of aldermen opened bids for garbage collection.
They received one bid.
That one bid came from Panola County Solid Waste who recently took over garbage collection for the City of Batesville.
"We are the last municipality in the county who handles our own garbage pick up," Mayor Alvis "Rusty" Dye said.
"We are putting 140 gallons of fuel in that dump truck each week," he said. "If we get that thing off the streets it will be a significant savings for the city."
The county’s bid is $8.25 per can, for once-a-week pick up. It also includes a 40 cubic yard dumpster that will be located at the city shop.
"It’s going to take our people a while to get used to trash pick up being once a week, but once they do, it won’t be a major problem," Ward 1 Alderman Joseph "JoJo" Still said.
Panola County Solid Waste Department manager Dean Joiner said the county could begin offering services to the city in October.
"We can do this later if you need to, but I just wanted you to know that October was the soonest we could start," he said.
Both Joiner and city officials acknowledged the city’s need to sell a garbage truck they purchased last year.
"There are people out there that will guarantee a price for your truck," Joiner said.
No action was taken on the matter. It is expected to be addressed again at a later meeting.