BAINBRIDGE -- The city of Bainbridge finally received its long-awaited recycling bin on the east side of town Wednesday at noon, and the town council was very happy that it came.
Residents can use the bin for free to drop off recyclable products. W Enterprises, LLC, allows for various kinds of materials to be dropped off, including cardboard, newspapers, magazines, plastic bottles, glass, aluminum cans and plastic banding. The main recycling center in Crawfordsville will accept other products such as used motor oil or appliances.
Jason Hartman, town treasurer, said the city will begin a campaign of flyers and letters soon to let Bainbridge residents know about the new feature to the town.
"This should make a lot of people happy," said Bonnie Osborn, board member.
Hartman also collected some data regarding the newly installed energy efficient streetlights in town to present to the council. The town is in the process of finishing installation of new energy efficient lighting systems around town, thanks in part to a grant the city received. Compared to January and February of 2010, the city has already saved $462.60 over the last two months on energy for its streetlights alone.
"That's pretty amazing. I didn't expect that much savings," said Richard Cope, board president.
North Putnam has also used some of the grant to install new energy efficient lighting in the gymnasium, and Osborn commented on how school employees love how quickly and effectively the new lights work. The old lights required a cool down time if shut off and took several minutes to fully illuminate the gym when first turned on.
"They do actually save money," Hartman said.
Town attorney Jim Ensley continues to work with Rockies Express Pipeline to work out a settlement with them before pursuing legal action. Bainbridge wishes to receive compensation for the damage done to Washington St. and E. Oak St., which has not been repaired since using Bainbridge roads to bring equipment to construction sites.
Though he has received phone calls from a new company representative, he would like to set up a conference call with the new contact before filing a torte claim.
"I want to still give them a chance," Ensley said.
The Bainbridge town council meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 201 N. Grant Ave.