Dearing residents will not receive their first bills for trash pick-up service this month, as previously planned by the Dearing Town Council. Mayor Sean Kelley said he had not completed all the paperwork involved in having the bills sent out, so the Town of Dearing will continue to pay for the service until the paperwork is complete.
At Monday evening's regular meeting, the Mayor reported that many residents had not received their new trash bins yet, so the hold-up with the billing is actually a good thing.
Council members have been working for several months to implement a charge for the service previously provided free to town residents. A three-year contract was signed last month with Advance Disposal to implement a weekly pick-up.
Council members figured the expenses involved and voted to charge each address $12 monthly, beginning July 1. The amount will be included on each water/sewerage bill, and is not optional. The penalty for non-payment will be termination of water service to the address.
A yard waste pick-up service was added for the months of June through November, with the town absorbing the extra costs involved.
The vote to charge for the service passed unanimously at a called meeting in June. Council members Kristopher Wells and Judson Story were not present at the called meeting. Mr. Wells also was not present at Monday evening's meeting.
Dearing Gym grand opening
The ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Dearing gymnasium will be at 10 a.m., Friday, July 18. The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce is hosting the ceremony, and the public is invited to join the festivities. Mayor Sean Kelley said refreshments will be available, and residents may tour the building to see the renovations that were funded by a $500,000 Georgia Community Development Block Grant and additional funds from the Mayfest Committee.
Renovations included refinishing the existing gym floor, re-roofing the entire structure, repairing trim work and on the exterior and restoring the windows, adding storage rooms, expanding the restrooms, installing a new, LCD scoreboard and adding a 600-square-foot education room. To remain in compliance with the Historic Preservation Division, all work complimented the historical character of the building and met American Disability Association code requirements.