CullmanTimes.com - Cullman, Alabama

Top News

November 17, 2012

Hanceville adjusts permit process

HANCEVILLE — The city council tweaked the process of obtaining a business license Thursday, streamlining part of a long-standing curbside debris pickup service that officials said has cost the city more money than it’s able to recoup.

The move, passed at the new council’s first regular meeting since taking office last week, is intended to relieve the city of the mounting expense associated with hauling large quantities of curbside residential construction and demolition debris to the Cullman County landfill.

Beginning now, applicants for building permits in Hanceville will have to agree up front to arrange for the removal of heavy debris associated with their building projects. They also won’t receive a permit until they’ve informed the city how they plan to get the trash hauled away.

The change is intended to cut out the use of the city’s long-running landfill pickup service for major removal operations, but the service itself isn’t going away. Rather, said clerk Tania Wilcox, it will simply be used as it was originally intended — for removal of single household items.

“People can still use it, but not if it’s for construction debris — they’ve got to do away with that sort of debris themselves,” she explained. “If it’s a couch or a chair; something like that, the city will still do the landfill ticket service. It’s just not going to be available for big projects, where we incur a lot of cost to haul tons of material to the landfill.”

As always, Hanceville residents who want to get rid of something big in their homes can simply purchase a landfill ticket from city hall, put it on the item to be removed from the curb, and wait for street workers to come along and collect it. The waste is taken to the Cullman County landfill, which assesses a fee based on weight.

Council members said Thursday that, while the flat $10 fee for the landfill ticket is appropriate for single items, it simply doesn’t come close to covering the cost of hauling away tons and tons of rubbish.

“I believe we need to look at our building permits; that, somewhere in there, you must sign that you’ll be responsible for your excess material — or you pay the city to haul it away,” said council member Doug Batemon. “And if you don’t do that in a specified period of time, the city has the right to haul it away, and charge you for it.”

Batemon’s idea was unanimously approved, but council member Charles Wilson emphasized that the intent of the measure isn’t to enrich the city through opportune enforcement. Instead, he said, it’s a way to save money on landfill costs while putting city equipment through less wear and tear.

“We’re not in the contracting business,” he said. “It is their [the permit holder’s] responsibility, and when they get a building permit, they are buying that responsibility. We’re not supposed to be in competition with these garbage haulers out here. If we do have to clean up, we can do it under our cleanup ordinance, and there’s a citation procedure for that.”

Wilcox said the city has been trying for years to figure out a way to stay in the black on the landfill ticket service. Last year, Hanceville’s public works department took in approximately $2,000 in fees and salvage metal sales through the program, but incurred around $7,000 in landfill fees.

“I agree that we need to offer our citizens a reasonable service, but we also can’t take a $5,000 loss every year,” said public works superintendent Rusty Fields. “It takes manpower, and then there’s the wear and tear on our trucks. These are $130,000 trucks, so it costs us money. What the council is doing with the permits will be a good starting point.”

Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at bbullard@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Good Hope band School grappling with massive Good Hope band growth

    With the band more than doubling in size over the past four years, Good Hope High School is dealing with what principal Anita Kilpatrick calls “a great problem to have.” But, it’s still a problem.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • WEB MUGS 2 Cullman men arrested in Garden City cemetery on drug charges

    Two Cullman men were arrested in a Garden City cemetery after 28 plastic baggies allegedly filled with marijuana, methampheatmine, and crystal ice were found in their vehicle.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Beatles Rehearsal WSCC singers to pay tribute to the Beatles

    It’s been 50 years since the Beatles made the leap from across the pond to shake up the music scene in America. Their influence is still being felt today and will on display as the Wallace State Singers present “Revolution: A Musical Celebration of the Beatles.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FHS 2 Academics improve after anti-bullying program implemented at Fairview High School

    Last year, Fairview High School teachers and students listened as speakers from a program called Rachel’s Challenge taught them about how to deal with bullying in their school.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Danny Ray Allred Former Cullman man sentenced in sex abuse case

    An Arley man accepted a plea bargain of a suspended 10-year sentence in connection to a 2012 Cullman County sexual abuse case involving his stepdaughter on April 4.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • lawenforcementreports.jpg Arrests, incidents reports for April 17, 2014

    Here is a look at the incidents that were reported to the Cullman City Police Department for Thursday:
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local groups get $38,500 in grants

    The Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) awarded two local fire departments $10,000 each at its monthly meeting last week.

    April 18, 2014

  • Bussman Spay-neuter clinics lose bid to gain legitimacy

    Alabama Sen. Paul Bussman received more than $14,000 from veterinarians across the state — including $10,000 from the Political Animal political action committee — prior to filibustering a bill to allow nonprofit spay-neuter clinics to continue operating in the state.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • WSCC Gill Accomplished vocalists to perform Tuesday at WSCC

    Two amazing vocalists will perform on Tuesday, April 22 at Wallace State Community College as part of the college’s annual Arts in April celebration.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Relay For Life Survivors' breakfast

    The committee planning the annual Relay For Life of Cullman County event will once again host the Survivors’ Breakfast to honor both cancer survivors and caregivers. The breakfast will be held at 7 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, at Cullman Church of Christ. The church is located at the corner of Highway 157 and Childhaven Road.
     

    April 18, 2014