The East Ridge City Council on Thursday night approved the purchase of 200 new recycling cans for the city's popular recycling program.
There had been 101 people on a waiting list, including 10 seeking a second can.
Cost was put at $11,990. Freida Wheeler, city services director, said the cost of the cans had gone down ($28.65 each), but the expense of shipping them from Arizona had soared.
The city has made an $8,000 profit on the program, it was stated. Over 1,800 households are taking part.
The council approved a part-time position for animal control and a full-time job in the sanitation department.
The city is buying a $17,495 Ford F150 for a replacement vehicle for parks and recreation. It will be used by Wayne Thompson, who oversees park upkeep. It will be bought from Ford of Murfreesboro.
Also approved was a $23,984 Ford F250 for use by the on-duty hazmat supervisor. It will be able to haul the hazmat trailer. It will be bought from Golden Circle Ford.
Stump Martin, parks and recreation director, said he is looking into putting a cover over some unsightly fences at Camp Jordan and selling ads on the fences. He said he has already lined up some customers for the signs costing $500 per year or $1,200 for three years.
"A lot of people drive through Camp Jordan. Those signs are going to be seen a bunch," he said.
The council's next regular meeting is Feb. 28.