PRYOR, OK —
Bill Dinsmore addressed the Salina Board of Trustees at the November meeting to provide information on the possibility of providing trash receptacles for residential trash customers in the city limits.
Dinsmore is the owner of Pryor Waste and Recycling, LLC, who contracts with the town to provide trash service.
“It’s very important that municipalities know that refuse is being disposed of properly and legally,” he said, adding that his company disposes of refuse in Tulsa where much of it is incinerated.
Dinsmore discussed the benefit of polycarts, which would allow him to be semi-automatic. He said the carts are much easier to maneuver and don’t require lifting by his workers.
“A trash man is now ranked as the third most dangerous job,” Dinsmore said, citing broken glass, needles and excessively heavy lifting as some of the risks.
“Last year I had one worker with a back injury and one with a shoulder injury,” he said, adding that his worker’s compensation rates rose from $1,300 to $5,200.
Polycarts hold 96 gallons. The lids prevent animals from getting into trash before it can be collected. The cost to provide residents with polycarts would be approximately $38,000, a cost that Dinsmore will finance. Rates would increase slightly to accomodate the cost of the carts.
Dinsmore was instructed to get a proposal together and present it to the board at a later meeting. If trustees approve the distribution of polycarts, there will be a future ordinance to address the requirements.
In other business, trustees approved the resignation of Library Assistant Diane Goins and the hiring of Nichole Davis to fill the library position. Davis will work 22 hours per week at a rate of $9 per hour.