By Greg Bird
Traffic lined the streets of Stearns Saturday as hundreds of McCreary County residents took advantage of the free bulk item drop off at the Stearns Transfer Station.
Deputy Judge Nathan Nevels stated about 248 truckloads of garbage was dropped off Saturday – enough to completely fill five dumpsters, and more. Poff Carting had donated two dumpsters to the cause, and PRIDE also provided assistance.
Judge Executive Jimmie “Bevo” Greene called the day a success as tons of waste and garbage were properly disposed of and kept off the roadsides and illegal dumps.
“This was the first bulk item drop off in several years,” Judge Greene said. “I think it went very well. A lot of citizens took advantage of the event and helped keep our county clean.”
Judge Greene hopes the event will inspire more citizens to sign up for garbage service. By increasing participation, Greene has said, the county will be able to start receiving franchise fees from Poff Carting. With those fees, the County will be able to host more free dump days as well as implement a program to assist elderly and low-income residents with paying for garbage collection.
In addition to Judge Greene and Deputy Judge Nevels, Magistrates Bill Hale, Randy Maxwell and Bobby Strunk helped Cody Vanover and his crews with unloading the trash to help speed up the process. (Magistrate Roger Phillips was out of town and unable to assist.)