Shelbyville will be providing waste collection services for the Celebration later this month, but only for a short time.
The council already had a discussion during last month's study session about the possibility of the city providing garbage services for the annual event, but city manager Jay Johnson and public works director Mark Clanton had informed Celebration officials that due to the short time frame before the event, the decision was made to pursue the services this year.
Johnson told the council that Celebration officials "were fine with that," but two weeks ago, they contacted Clanton and told him that the private garbage collector the event had an agreement with would be unable to pick up trash during the first three nights of the Celebration.
Therefore, the city, working with the Interlocal Solid Waste Authority, will provide regular pick up services for the last time from Aug. 24-26. The Celebration will reimburse Shelbyville in full for the manpower and overtime, fuel and tipping fees.
"I think we're helping the Celebration with a specific need they have, I think its a good community service and it won't cost us anything," Johnson said.
But Johnson also said that the council had already discussed the issue and decided against doing it and were "bailing out" someone in the private sector.
"It's not a big deal for us to do it," the city manager explained, stating that the manpower and equipment were available, but that he wanted to bring the issue before the council before doing it.
Just two sanitation workers would be involved, going in and picking up the trash, compacting it and then taking it to the city's transfer station, the council was told.