PORTSMOUTH, Ohio, Sept. 11 (UPI) — Trash collection was skipped for some Portsmouth, Ohio, residents last week, and one woman hauled her garbage to the mayor’s office to protest, officials say.
Portsmouth Mayor David Malone said he would dispose of Janice Shanks’ two bags of trash after she complained Friday that her garbage was overflowing, the Portsmouth Daily Times reported. Shanks’ garbage was not picked up by the city after some confusion in the collection schedule.
The city wanted to avoid paying overtime during the week of Labor Day so the route was altered, Malone said.
“I guess there had been some confusion. I guess (City Service Director) Bill (Beaumont) put out a press release last week and didn’t even tell us. We had given them orders as to what we wanted them to do this week. Bill didn’t tell me he had put that press release out as a notice out to the residents. That brought confusion as to which route was going to be picked up,” he said.