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Jackson City Council Dismisses Garage Ordinance

Some 300 people in Jackson filed a petition, saying it was a plan that just wreaked and was plain dirty.

And Tuesday city council made a clean move in terms of their trash removal.

By a five to one vote, city council removed an ordinance that would have changed their trash pickup to a single collector, but as our Nick Perreault explains this is issue is far from over.

For those who work hard every day picking up the trash in Jackson literally, can breathe a sigh of relief for now.

Council decided against moving to a single hauler to go around town and collect the garbage.

"Once I saw the bids were irregular and the pricing was not in line with what we originally though it was going to be, I kept my promise of repealing the ordinance," said 5th Ward Jackson Council Member Andrew Frounfelker.

The move would have put hundreds of local workers from about 19 companies out of work in place of single private company, something that just doesn't sit well with Jackson resident Tom Hillard.

"I think monopoly, by any other name is still a monopoly and that's what they're trying to create, I think that every little guy has a right to earn a living, what right do we have to put them out of business," Hillard said.

But council member Derek Dobies says it's not a simple issue of reducing who picks up the trash in Jackson, but how.

"I think that there are certaintly advantages to the single hauler system, a lot more accountability, a lot more wear and tear on the roads, and it's something we think will help clean up the city," said 6th Ward Council Member Derek Dobie.

Which could mean a change in the future, but for now it means those companies and their employees can get back to work cleaning up the mess here, after some would say council dismissed a piece of their own garbage.

City Council members tell 6News they expect the trash pickup to be an issue up for discussion over the next few months, but for now you can continue your usual trash pickup routine.

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