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Prescott considers picking up your hazardous waste

City to vote on $80,000 contract this week

The City of Prescott on Tuesday will consider collecting hazardous items, which should not be disposed of in regular dumpsters. (Courier file)

The City of Prescott on Tuesday will consider collecting hazardous items, which should not be disposed of in regular dumpsters. (Courier file)

Home pick-up of hazardous household materials could begin in Prescott in March, if the Prescott Council approves of the idea this week.

An $80,000 contract for hazardous-waste management will be among the issues that the council will consider during its voting session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. The meeting will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

The contract with Kary Environmental would represent a shift in the way the city has handled hazardous household waste in previous years.

In 2015 and 2016, for instance, the city partnered with Yavapai County to conduct a household hazardous waste day, which allowed residents to drop off their hazardous waste, such as paint thinners, household chemicals, and batteries, at the transfer station for proper disposal.

A city memo explains that the city’s solid waste division is looking to pilot individual home collect of hazardous waste for the 2018. Under the contract, city residents would be able to schedule pick-up (online or by phone) of their hazardous household items and would be given a date to have the material boxed and ready for pick-up.

If approved by the council, the pilot program would occur from about March 5 to March 23. The city would begin notifying the public of the new program in early February.

The materials the contractor would collect include the following: household chemicals; paint thinners; pesticides/insecticides; batteries; oil-based paints (five-gallon limit); latex paint (20-gallon limit); automotive batteries; and gasoline, motor oil, and antifreeze (all with a five-gallon limit).

“The city is adding the collection of tires (limit of five), appliances, and electronics,” the memo adds.

Prescott Community Outreach Manager John Heiney said the home pick-up would eliminate some of the issues the city has faced with the hazardous household waste drop-off days, such as overtime costs for employees and long lines at the transfer station.

In other action, the council will:

• Consider adoption of an ordinance that would change the city’s ordinance on false alarms. Among the changes would be required, but free registration of alarm systems and an adjustment in the fine schedule for false alarms.

• Conduct a site plan review in association with a water service agreement for six detached residential units on two adjacent, combined lots at 578 Lincoln Ave. The project would include five buildings that would be moved in and an existing home on the lot.

• Conduct a 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, study session to hear a presentation by the public works department on modernization of the Supervisory Control and Date Acquisition (SCADA) system that controls the various booster pump stations, water storage tanks, and sewer lift stations in the city’s water and wastewater systems.

• Conduct a closed-door executive session at 1 p.m. to discuss a number of items, including: city water rights and historic agreements; Gila River and its Salt River and Verde River Tributaries adjudication; an application to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceedings regarding the Big Chino Pumped Storage Project; agreements regarding the city water system within the Town of Chino Valley; and litigation involving Hidden Heights LLC and Howard Mechanic v. City of Prescott.

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