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Saturday, April 17, 2021

New era of trash collection begins in The Villages

A new era of trash collection is beginning in The Villages.

As of Oct. 1, waste collected in The Villages will no longer be trucked to a landfill in Georgia, but rather it will be heading to the Covanta waste-to-energy facility in Okahumpka. There still will be pickup twice a week, but on those days, trash, recyclables and yard waste will be collected together.

Fewer than 3,000 households are seeing changes in their collection days. They have been notified by a variety of means, including door hangers left at their homes by Community Watch. If you haven’t received a notification, your trash collection days have not changed.

Assistant District Manager Kenny Blocker said the No. 1 question being asked by residents is with regard to the color of bags to be used. He said residents can use any color bags.

Bulk items will be collected, but a $10 fee will be implemented for the collection of those items.

The North Sumter County Utility Dependent District Board has voted to raise the current waste pickup charge from $19.38 to $22.24 per month, representing a 14.75 percent increase. The increase takes effect Oct. 1 and then increases 3.25 percent annually for the following nine years. The increase will be felt by Villagers in Community Development Districts 1 through 11.

Still have questions about trash collection? They can be answered at this link: Trash collection in The Villages

Contractor at center of tree-cutting case had previous run-in in The Villages

A contractor at the center of a bitterly contested tree-cutting incident had a previous run-in years earlier in The Villages.

Official suggests it might be time to stop wearing masks during meetings

An official has suggested it might be time to stop wearing masks during government meetings.

Supervisors show keen interest in CDD 7 meeting on PWAC agreement

Supervisors are showing keen interest in a Community Development District 7 workshop later this month regarding the future of its relationship with the Project Wide Advisory Committee.

Contractor at center of tree-cutting case had previous run-in in The Villages

A contractor at the center of a bitterly contested tree-cutting incident had a previous run-in years earlier in The Villages.

Official suggests it might be time to stop wearing masks during meetings

An official has suggested it might be time to stop wearing masks during government meetings.

Supervisors show keen interest in CDD 7 meeting on PWAC agreement

Supervisors are showing keen interest in a Community Development District 7 workshop later this month regarding the future of its relationship with the Project Wide Advisory Committee.

Study shows higher COVID-19 rate among younger people endangers elderly residents

Six more local residents have succumbed to COVID-19 as a new study showed that Florida ranked among the states with the highest Coronavirus infection rates for younger residents in 2020.

Villager wins right to build private boat dock at $1.4 million home

A Villager has won the right to build a private boat dock at his $1.4 million home at Lake Miona.

Pair arrested in attempted heist of $3,000 worth of fragrances at Belk

Two women were arrested in the attempted heist of more than $3,000 worth of fragrances at Belk in The Villages.

Villager loves columns by waitress at Billy’s Cafe

A Village of Santo Domingo resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says she loves the columns by Lisa, the waitress at Billy’s Cafe.

Taxpayer spending on militarism doesn’t go to ‘support the troops’

A Village of Poinciana resident, in a Letter to the Editor, responds to a recent Opinion piece by Congressman Daniel Webster on military spending.

We need accurate news about COVID-19

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Belvedere resident takes on a previous letter writer who challenged Villages-News.com to publish the “good news” about COVID-19.