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Residential trash rates to drop in 2020


SALYERSVILLE – The Magoffin County Fiscal Court met in special session last Wednesday, awarding a contract for solid waste collection and disposal and accepting state funds for road projects.

After advertising for bids, Magoffin County Judge-Executive Matt Wireman explained they had two companies attend a pre-bid meeting, but that Rumpke was the only one that submitted a bid for the solid waste collection and disposal services. 

The five-year contract sets residential Class A rates at $15.95 (down from the current rate of $19.84), with the waste wheeler rental at $2.50 (down from $3.94), and the Class B rate for senior citizens at $10.95 (down from $12.08), with the waste wheeler rental at $2.95 (was $3.94). Wireman explained that the Class A rates will be subject to consumer price index changes (capped at 3%), but the senior citizens’ rates will remain fixed for the five-year period.

The biggest changes in the rates are to the commercial waste rates, with the lowest Class A rate jumping from $28.51 per month to $45, and the highest (for six times per week) going from $135.50 per month to $300.

Commercial Class B rates also increased from $10 to up to $250, depending on the size of the Dumpsters (3 to 8 cubic yards) and the frequency of pickups. Class C rates (roll-off containers, 20 to 40 cubic yards), jump by nearly $100. 

Given that they only received one bid, the fiscal court unanimously approved the five-year contract with Rumpke for solid waste collection and disposal services, with the rates going into effect in January.

During the special-called meeting, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $345,080 in discretionary funds for Magoffin County. 

Judge Wireman explained that the projects are evenly split between the three districts in the county. For more on the projects included in the funding, see the press release on the announcement by clicking here.

The next regularly-scheduled Magoffin County Fiscal Court meeting is slated for Tuesday, November 19 at 6 p.m. 


Heather Oney

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