City leaders will travel to Kilgore Wednesday to propose a solid waste project for grant funds.
The city applied for a $3,000 grant from the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) on Sept. 10. ETCOG covers a 14-county region and funnels federal grant funds to local cities, counties and school districts for a variety of projects.
City Manager Mo Raissi said Jacksonville is applying to help fund its mass trash and bulky item pickup days.
“Cleanup (days) costs more than that, but if we can get a portion of that paid, that would be great,” Raissi said. “It wouldn't be coming out of citizens' tax dollars.”
Raissi said the city pays Allied Waste for the large containers, landfill fees and an extra charge for the disposal of tires.
City officials will make a five-minute presentation to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of ETCOG, stating their case for the funds.
The committee is expected to announce the project winners later that day.
Raissi said the number of mass trash pickup days varies from year to year based on the city's budget.
“If we can afford it, we offer it,” he said. “It's a good thing to help citizens to get rid of unwanted items. We have also done limb pickup after storms.”
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