Recycling program approved

Posted in: News
By Todd Brooks
Jan 17, 2013 - 2:28:12 PM

More than a year-and-a-half has passed since the Marlow City Council approved the design of a new library at the former National Guard Armory.
The city now has selected a construction contractor to begin the work architects designed.
Mega Contractors, Inc. of Fort Worth was chosen over five other contractors for the Garland Smith Public Library Renovation Project at a special meeting of the Marlow City Council last Thursday.
Mega Contractors, Inc.’s bid was just over $1.55 million. It was the lowest of the six submitted by contractors from as far north as Oklahoma City to as far south as San Antonio, including a local Marlow contractor. The highest bid was $2.1 million.
Construction should start in the next few weeks.
Another project in the planning stages even longer than the library, may be finally getting closer to becoming a reality as well – replacing the city’s sidewalks.
The project first came up in 2009 when the city received a $400,000 Community Block Development Grant to do the improvements. More than three years later, the city finally opened bids on Tuesday and will vote on them at their regular meeting on Jan. 22.
Also at the meeting, City Administrator Janice Cain updated the council on the substation about work needing to be done on the existing transformer.
She also told the council about the possibility of eventually getting another substation. The city was in line to receive a back-up transformer in order to some work on the current one, but it fell through.
Finally, the council was informed about a Southwest Oklahoma Environmental Authority meeting held last Monday. Representative from Marlow, Duncan, Comanche discussed implementation of a recycling program through trash contractor Waste Connections. The representative from Marlow was Mayor Bob Hill.
At the meeting, representatives signed a contract with Waste Connection to begin the program.
Marlow City Administrator Janice Cain said there will be community meetings to discuss the new program. Meeting dates have not yet been announced.
The plan includes additional trash bins for residents for recyclable goods which would cost them an additional $5 per month.
“We have to charge for it because Waste Connections would have to get new trucks and new workers, and there is just no money in recycling,” Cain said.
Waste Connection is offering incentives to recycle. Recycled goods collected will be tallied and residents will be given incentives redeemable through local retailers.
The program could begin as early as April 1.