Residents of one local city will soon have an opportunity to voice their opinion on citywide trash service.

Last night, the Huntingburg City Council announced that the city will be issuing a survey in order to gauge the community’s interest in having a city-wide curbside trash pick-up service. The surveys will be included in the upcoming February utility bills.

Under the proposal, weekly trash pick-up with bi-weekly recycling service would be instituted in the city. Each household in the city would get 2 96-gallon dumpsters. 1 of those would be for trash and the other would be for recycling. Spring and fall clean-up week services would continue even with the new program.

Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says any program that might be instituted would have to be feasible:

The survey (which the city put together in partnership with the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research and Economic Development) is completely voluntary for residents to participate in. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and city officials say they will not be tracking participant information in any way.

Also last night, the council heard from residents concerning unusually high water bills. One couple who spoke told the council that their most recent bill was 10 times higher than what it normally is. The cause: an underground leak that went undetected until after the bill came.

Now currently the state allows cities to provide relief on unusually high utility bills when the problem is underground and impossible for the landowners to notice until a bill is delivered. The city of Huntingburg currently does not have a policy on this issue for the water utilities. Spinner says the city will look at an ordinance to resolve this problem:

Finally last night, the council heard a presentation from Dr. Alan Johnson about the future of Dubois Strong. Johnson touched on several different issues in his speech and he says the county’s low unemployment rate has caught a lot of attention, particularly of Ball State Professor Tom Layman, who spoke at VUJC late last year:

The speech also pointed out the next three-year plan for Dubois Strong. This includes growth, specifically in the workforce, business, and entrepreneurial sectors. Johnson gave a similar speech at the Jasper City Council meeting back on Wednesday evening.