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Steubenville councilman calls for action on city's garbage collection

Councilman Bob Villamagna said since the city implemented a new garbage collection program last year, two of the city's automated garbage trucks have not been in full use

A Steubenville city councilman is calling for action on the city's garbage collection. Councilman Bob Villamagna said since the city implemented a new garbage collection program last year, two of the city's automated garbage trucks have not been in full use.

Speaking directly to sanitation workers in the audience, Villamagna trashed city administrators over the city's alleged inefficiencies of its garbage collection program. Villamagna put Street Superintendent Bob Baird in his crosshairs, who was not in attendance.

"If I hear those excuses come from him one more time, I’m going to call for his resignation and you can do what you want to do, but I’m going to call for it every Tuesday,” he said.

Villamagna said sanitation workers should be on a 4-day pickup schedule, but alleges that two of the city's new garbage trucks have not been in use, forcing a 5-day pickup schedule.

"The street superintendent and the city manager promised us that when these new garbage cans, got here and these garbage packers got here, we were going to go to a 4-day garbage collection,” Villamagna said. “We're not at a 4-day garbage collection and there are no plans to go forward with a 4-day garbage collection."

Villamagna said to make better use of workers' time, he's pushing for bulk pickup or other duties for street department workers on Fridays.

"The (proposed) ordinance is to have bulk pickup on Friday instead of Saturday, which would save the city thousands and thousands of dollars,” he said.

Garbage collection has been a contentious issue for residents and council alike.

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