City demands better service from waste collection firm
Progressive Waste Solutions was again called on the carpet and this time was the recipient of a scolding by Franklin’s mayor.
The company has been criticized repeatedly for unsatisfactory garbage pickup service by Councilman Chuck Autin, who now refers to himself as “the garbage councilman” when Progressive representatives are summoned to council meetings.
Jeff O’Guin was there to represent the company Tuesday. He said he has only been on the job for a short time.
Mayor Raymond Harris said he has been patient with the company but has seen no long-term improvement in the waste collection service. Harris noted that there are penalties included in the city’s contract with the company and indicated the city may consider enacting those if no resolution to their complaints is forthcoming.
O’Guin said he has instituted a maintenance survey and rehabilitation of Progressive’s trucks but it will take time to complete. Also, two new drivers are being trained for the Franklin area, but won’t be behind the wheel for about three weeks.
Autin said he’s weary of the company’s trucks passing downtown after 6 a.m. when customers begin to line the street to have breakfast. He said the company needs to pick up the entire area before businesses begin to open. He also complained of garbage cans left at the street, spilled trash and liquid leaking from the trucks that cause a foul smell.
O’Guin promised to rectify the problems.
Also Tuesday, South Central Louisiana Technical College Young Memorial Campus director Karl Young said that programs are being reopened in Franklin, some with the help of the St. Mary Parish School Board.
Young said welding, carpentry, safety and other classes are either just beginning or are slated to start soon at the Franklin High School campus. More information is available at 985-380-2957 or the website at:
In other business:
—Recreation Director Chris Barrilleaux said the city’s summer feeding program broke a record by serving more than 10,000 meals at the recreation centers this summer. The city’s previous record was in the 9,000 range.
—Community Development Director Arlana Shields said that the Franklin Art Walk is slated for Sept. 28 and both Harvest Moon Festival and the Tour du Teche paddle race are Oct. 5.
—Fire Chief Chuck Bourgeois said renovations are being made to the interior of the fire station, and he also expects wind-proofing work via a grant to begin in the near future.
—City Inspector Blake Steiner reported that work on the Franklin Canal flood control structure is nearing completion and should be fully operational within a few weeks.
—The Garden City Riders will be holding a Trail Ride and park event Sept. 27-29 at Landry Park on Iberia Street.
—The mayor and council recognized Franklin’s Cedric Paul for his second place finish in the shot put in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm Track and Field Outdoor Championships at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium. Paul was not present Tuesday.