Talking trash

Gene Keenon, Republic Services Manager of Government Affairs/Municipal Services, answers questions from the audience during the Mar. 7 Van Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon downtown at the Movie House. Republic Services will be the new garbage collector for the City of Van effective Apr. 1. Residential garbage pickup will be on Friday each week, according to Keenon.


Republic Services speaks to chamber

There was plenty of trash talk going on at the Van Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon March 7 as representatives from Republic Services were on hand to discuss their plans to begin residential and commercial garbage service for the city of Van.

Gene Keenon, Republic Services Manager of Government Affairs/Municipal Services and Tommy Powles, Republic Services Division Manager, were on hand to answer questions from those in attendance.

This will be the first time in nearly 10 years that the city of Van will have a new garbage collector.  Republic Services was approved by the Van City Council Jan. 12 to take over the service beginning April 1. The council voted in favor of a new garbage contract, with Paul Bullington abstaining, citing a conflict of interest.

 “We are so proud to have the opportunity to serve the city of Van and I have been working for several years attempting to get the City of Van’s service contract,” said Keenon. “I met Pat Valentine at the Tyler airport last year. She was strong-arming me to join the chamber and I was wondering how am I going to be able to join the Van chamber when I do not have any business there. As luck would have it, it is now a year later and we will begin business here soon. I am glad to say that I am now a member of the Van chamber.”

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