By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 14, 2018
PERRY, Fla. (WCTV) -- For two hours Tuesday, the people of Perry and City Council members debated about a potential drop-off site for household waste items, but the two sides struggled to come to an agreement at the end of the night.
"You're all elected to take care of the people, not to keep charging them," said one woman to the council.
Community members were fired up, saying the City Council wants to charge them up to $25 to drop off waste items at this site.
However, council members say the site will actually help people save money on their monthly landfill bills.
"Why should the city have to pay... everyone in the city have to pay when you want to change your mattress out?" said Mayor David Sullivan.
Locals also voicing concern about the location being so close to Rosehead Park, saying it could be a safety concern.
"If someone scratched their foot... or stepped on a nail or something, they're going to sue the city," said another man.
City Manager Bob Brown was adamant during the meeting that the location won't transform into something more.
"It's not a dumping site, it's a place where people can deliver stuff to come," said Brown.
The city wants to reiterate that this is only a short-term solution and they are working with the county to figure out a long-term dumping solution in the area.
The council also voted 3-2 to suspend the new ordinance until they can find a solution that works.