Council will be asked to sanction Recycling Bank

Friday, February 10, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Lewisburg councilmen are scheduled to consider participating in a recycling program offered by the S.C. Johnson Corp., the company that makes Pledge and Windex, among other products.

"It has to do with curbside recycling," City Manager David Orr said Wednesday, noting that Lewisburg has a remarkable opportunity. "Fifty cities across the United States have been asked to participate."

Lewisburg is the city in Tennessee that was selected by S.C. Johnson Corp., Orr said. The other 49 are one each in the other 49 states. The corporation's program is called a Recycling Bank.

Nearly two weeks ago, S.C. Johnson representative Jeremiah Smith visited Lewisburg from his office in New York and explained the program to Orr who's indicated it's to encourage Lewisburg to increase its participation in the on-going curbside recycling program.

"You are given points," Orr said. "They're redeemable for products and services."

The program appears to be a good idea, according to Orr who also reviewed the council's agenda for its meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 131 E. Church St.

Two ordinances will be available for councilmen to consider. They're to outline the city's escalating reaction to false alarms as a result of faulty operation of burglar and fire alarms. Warnings are followed by bills imposing civil penalties to reimburse the police and fire departments' costs after multiple false alarms.

As always, time is to be available at the end of the council meeting for "citizen input," when councilmen hear from almost anyone who stands at the lectern and addresses the council after giving their name and address.

Meanwhile, Orr has come to anticipate that one or more advocates for better conditions at the dog pound are to make use of the public forum.

The animal shelter near the Elks Lodge is owned by the city and manned by two animal control officers. One is employed by the city and reports to Police Chief Chuck Forbis. The other is paid by the county, and he reports to the Marshall County Commission's Animal Control Committee.

Jacki Moss, one of the people who advocates better conditions at the shelter, has taken her concerns to the media, including one of the TV network affiliates in Nashville.

Moss and others have complained that the county committee has adopted a policy for the city-owned facility. Policies regarding so-called vicious dogs as well as "breed-specific" regulation - they're frequently aimed at pit bulldogs - have raised controversy as the concerns are aired. Issues, as Moss has said, include "what percentage of pit bull a dog has in it."

Her first concern, however, has been living conditions at the animal shelter.