About 1,250 homes would be added to Spring Hill’s mandatory garbage collection area under a new plan going before county commissioners Tuesday.
Residents can weigh in during a public hearing on a proposed resolution that would modify the boundaries for the mandatory (or universal) Spring Hill solid waste collection area.
The expansion became an issue because of increasing numbers of Spring Hill subdivisions left outside the mandatory collection zone since it was created two years ago.
There was confusion on the part of homeowners and Republic Services because that zone often went right through a subdivision, which meant some neighbors were part of mandatory collection and others were not.
Republic Services complained because it did not have the mailing lists to inform haulers who was or was not in the zone.
The expansion includes an area south of Cortez Boulevard, west of Barclay Avenue and north of Powell Road.
It also takes in a smaller area south of Powell, east of Barclay to just south of Spring Hill Drive.
The existing area services about 42,000 residences and the proposed area would add another 1,250 homes.
Environmental Services Director Susan Goebel-Canning presented commissioners with maps depicting the current areas and recommended the board include split subdivisions to expand the area of mandatory collection.
If commissioners approve the new boundaries, it would go into effect July 1, according to Community Relations Coordinator Brenda Frazier.
The boundary modification is being considered as part of Hernando County’s “long-standing commitment to its residents to ensure that the streets are neat and sanitary,” according to the agenda item.
The county believes adding more homes will enhance street appearance and increase property values.
One of the purposes in originally establishing the required solid waste collection area was to facilitate participation of the county’s most urbanized area in the health, safety and welfare goals.
County commissioners’ decision will have no impact on the current solid waste collection rates for residents in the affected areas or any Hernando County customers.
Last month, staff recommended the commission review and recommend boundaries.
County Commissioner Jim Adkins requested staff identify and notify the 313 properties in Sterling Hill Community Development District that may be considered part of the expanded area.
At the March meeting, County Commissioner Wayne Dukes expressed concern with the expansion, while Commissioners Nick Nicholson and Diane Rowden supported the move.
For more information and to view the map showing the proposed expansion, visit www.hernandocounty.us/utils/index.asp
The solid waste public hearing will take place at the county commission meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St. in downtown Brooksville.