Waste Not....Want Not
Another bad move for the City of Lumberton. Mayor Winston and Alderman Jay McGraw insisted that privatizing garbage collection for Lumberton would save the city money. They never provided a price analysis and how they determined this move would save the City of Lumberton money but here’s a breakdown. One of the main reasons why Mayor Winston didn’t want to continue garbage collection through the Public Works Department was his unwillingness to purchase a new garbage truck. At the time, the City of Hattiesburg was converting to new automated garbage trucks and was getting rid of the fleet of trucks they purchased the previous year. As a matter of fact, some smaller cities were given a one year old garbage truck for free and others purchased some of the trucks for as little as $72,000 each but Mayor Ben Winston did not want to take that route. To this day, we do not know if the City of Lumberton is saving money with WastePro collecting garbage one day a week. However, we do know that the City of Lumberton is paying $96,000 a year for once a week garbage collection. Winston claims to be a wise businessman but I think it would have been wise to use that $96,000 to pay for a new truck and keep people in Lumberton employed. Instead, we’re paying $96,000 to a company based in another city and funding their employees while claiming the City of Lumberton cannot afford to collect its own garbage. At $96,000 it seems like we can’t afford to keep giving away money that could be used to grow Lumberton’s economy.