Shawnee County Commission: Solid Waste Department is not going private

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Trash services for thousands in Shawnee County will not go into the private sector, according to a county commissioner.

Commissioner Kevin Cook joined KSNT morning anchor Brittany Moore to discuss the policy decision Monday morning.

There will not be a privatization of the Shawnee County trash service, Cook said. At this time though, we are looking to expand to have a Director of Solid Waste. That way, the Public Works Director can focus really in on roads and bridges, and not just having to handle the roads, bridges and the trash.

Cook also addressed recent controversy around the commission’s decision to allocate $43,000 to renovations for the Potwin neighborhood. He said they wanted to take advantage of existing framework.

There were already spigots at the Potwin Circles, so rather than having somebody come and personally water them, they could be put on a timer saving the taxpayers manpower, timing and making more efficiencies, Cook said.

Cook said efforts to increase the taxpayers’ bang for their buck are being made across the county, and not just in specific neighborhoods.

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