Change could be coming for thousands in Franklin, as city officials are looking at switching up trash collection routes and dates.
Two options were presented to the Board of Mayor and alderman Tuesday. One option would keep the collection at five eight-hour days per week, while the other would cut it to four 10-hour days.
“One option is to be more efficient on the existing five day pick up schedule and that could save us somewhere around a quarter of a million dollars, but there is also a proposal, an option to go to a four day and that could save us over $400,000. So we are looking at ways to save money and also to save that money but save on a high level of service,” Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey explained.
The change was proposed after evaluating future growth to the city's trash collection routes, with recently purchased software. Switching to a four day option would affect about 5,500 of the cities customers, while the five day option would affect about 3,300.
“Any change you always have some questions about it, so we are going to be in discussions with the board, but we definitely see ourselves optimizing the routes in one way. Rather its five days or four days, we are going to look at some ways to save money,” Stuckey said.
Forrest Crossing would be one of several neighborhoods that could see change. Charles Hendrix has been a resident there for more than a decade and says he doesn't have a problem if his collection date is moved.
“If they can save money, do it. That would be great,” he said.
The next voting meeting is scheduled for March 25.