Martins Ferry mulling changes to alley garbage collection

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON CITY LEADERS are mulling whether to change some trash collections from alleyways to curbside.

MARTINS FERRY — City officials are considering whether to move garbage collections from some of the city’s worst alleys.

Service Director Scott Porter said it is an idea he and others are considering, as some of the alleyways are difficult for trash compactors to use.

Trash already is collected via curbside on some city streets, as several residences do not have alley access behind them. The cans are simply put in front of those homes.

“We’re still kicking it around. We haven’t made a final decision on that yet,” Porter said. “If we do this, it will only be in alleys that are in terrible shape. We will see what’s good and bad.”

Mayor Robert Krajnyak said previously he wanted the city to start filling in potholes on damaged alleyways. Porter said since the truck are heavy they sometimes sink in alleys that are soft.

“We also have sewerlines in some alleys. … I don’t want to damage anymore of the infrastructure,” Porter said.

Porter said as of now there are now plans to make changes to way trash is collected. If a decision is made, the public will be made aware ahead of time, he said.

Meanwhile, Porter said during a recent City Council meeting that the city is getting ready to do pothole patch work in the city.

The local asphalt plant is getting ready for production for the season. And the city also has its new DuraPatcher machine to fill in holes this year. The machine was jointly purchased last year with the village of Bridgeport.

The machine allows workers to first blow out debris from a hole, spray a liquid asphalt into it, then spray an emulsion of asphalt and limestone chips into the hole. After the hole is filled, another coating of dry chips is placed on top.

Overspray can be swept back over the hole. A roller can also be used to make it more compact.

The city spent $36,000 to jointly purchase the machine with Bridgeport. The city covered 60 percent of the cost, while Bridgeport provided 40 percent, or $23,000.

The emulsion and limestone chips mixture is expected to be cheaper than buying than the typical hot mix bought for filling holes by hand.