By JASON JACOBS
Mayor Tom Arthur announced Tuesday that he is suspending the weekly heavy trash service he implemented in 2004 and changing it back to the original schedule of once every six months.
The first pickup will be on Oct. 27 with the next collection coming in April 2007.
The main reason for the change was the 60-70 percent increase in the cost of fuel since the installation of the weekly service.
"We expected to see a plateau in the amount of heavy trash, as in appliances and furniture, after a little while, but it simply never came," Arthur said. "The amount we were picking up just continued to constantly grow."
Mayor Arthur explained that heavy trash pickup had become more time consuming since the service had been reduced to only one garbage truck just over a year ago, and that they are looking into purchasing another truck in the future.
The leaf and limb service will continue to take place weekly while the county analyzes possible alternatives, and Arthur said that he can deem for the heavy trash pickup to come sooner.
"We haven't outruled other alternatives for pickup when it comes to how often the service runs," Arthur said. "However, our biggest concern is trying to come up with a place for the citizens to take their heavy trash between pickups, and we felt it would be best to go back to the twice-yearly pick up for the time being."
Brazil residents may still arrange for collection before Oct. 27. Contact the City Street Department at (812) 448-8501 for more information.