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Longview officials taking sanitation proposal debate to Facebook

From Staff Reports
July 17, 2013 at 11 p.m.


The city of Longview will be talking trash with residents today.

The city's Facebook page will be set up to take comments and have staff members answer questions about proposed changes to the sanitation service from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City spokesman Shawn Hara said the purpose of the Facebook exchange is to expand the discussion about the the proposed sanitation plan beyond public hearings.

"The purpose of the chat will be to provide an additional opportunity to answer questions about the simplified collection proposal, perhaps in a format that is more convenient for residents than coming to City Hall," he said.

The city has held two informational meetings at City Hall, and another is scheduled 5:30 p.m. July 25.

Facebook questions will be answered by city staff members, including Hara, Sanitation Manager Dwayne Archer and Re-cycling Coordinator David Simmons.

The purpose of the sanitation plan, Hara said, is to increase participation in the recycling program while also reducing the long-term cost of trash collection.

"The proposed plan would also allow greater efficiency of collection," he said.

The city operates 12 sanitation trucks daily, but only eight trucks would be needed each day under the proposed plan. The plan also includes replacing the city's fleet with trucks that are capable of side-arm cart collection.

For information about the simplified collection proposal, contact the City of Longview Sanitation Department at (903) 237-1250 or visit LongviewTexas.gov/Simplified.

The city's Facebook page can be found at Facebook.com/CityofLongview

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