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TELL CITY - June's spring cleanup in Tell City carried a $18,184 bill, Street Commissioner Jeff Everly reported last week. An extra charge tacked onto residents' utility bills helped cover some of the expense, but the department still paid out more than $8,700 in extra costs.
Landfill charges for disposing of the 101 tons of junk set out by residents totaled $9,357 with another $548 for fuel and labor of $7,401. The $3 fee paid by residents generated $9,468, but left a deficit of $8,716.
City leaders have looked on the annual cleanup as an important service to prevent the accumulation of junk in the community but have asked for a rundown on expenses. This year's tonnage was up more than seven tons over last year, Everly said. In 2008, residents tossed out 93.7 tons of junk.