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Street department budget stressed by trash collection volume

The City of Shelbyville has a trash problem.

To assist with being over budget on trash collection, the city will reinstitute the five-bag per resident trash limit at the end of August.

Effective Aug. 30, the street department will only collect no more than five individual trash bags not exceeding 35 gallons in size or 40 pounds in weight.

Any additional bags in excess of the limit, which was repealed due to the COVID-19 pandemic keeping more people at home, therefore more trash in each household, must be disposed of by the property owner.

“We are about $20,000 over (budget) per month which will leave us significantly short this year,” said street department commissioner Doug Hunt at Monday morning’s Common Council pre-meeting.

Disposal rates have not risen for the City of Shelbyville, according to Hunt, who cited the sheer volume being collected as the problem.

In other business Monday morning, the council created an amendment salary ordinance category so it can add a behavioral health officer to the payroll.

The new position has been filled and his office will be on the second floor of City Hall.