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In Ludlow, Heroin ODs Down, Search Continues for Robbery Suspect

At the previous Ludlow City Council meeting, Mayor Ken Wynn asked council members to give their opinion about the details of the waste-management contract the city intends to finalize in the next coming months.

Based on that input, it appeared Monday at a special council meeting that Ludlow will opt for one-day trash collection and one-day recycling collection with the option of picking up an additional day of trash collection should an adjustment be deemed necessary in the future. Each resident of Ludlow will receive a free recycling and garbage bin, both of which will have wheels.

It was asked if both the recycling and trash could be collected on the same day so that residents wouldn't have to move the bins on more the one day. City Administrator Elishia Chamberlain said that she would check on the feasibility of such an arrangement.

Other notes:

Ludlow Fire Chief Rob Dreyer said that heroin overdoses are down and that there were no significant incidents this month.

The Fire Department plans on working on the water mains this month and if residents see any rust in their water, it is normal and running the water tap for a short extra time until the water is clear is recommended by Chief Dreyer.

Ludlow Police Seargent Eric Love said that calls to the police were also down. Lieutenant Bart Beck, the interim chief, is still undergoing training at the FBI Academy. Officer Love said that the Ludlow Police are still seeking information about the robbery at Cash Express in Ludlow that took place in April.

Councilman Bill Mullins asked if the City still employed police detail at the Ludlow-Bromley Yacht Club, and Love explained that the department does indeed have an officer there regularly, but that the overtime pay it costs to have that detail is billed to the Yacht Club.

City Councilman Dan Ashcraft asked the Public Works Department if they could take down the advertisement posters that appear on the telephone polls.

Chamberlain said that the interviews for the new police chief have been encouraging and that the city hopes to introduce the finalist at the next business meeting in June.

The City passed an ordinance that amends the text concerning city law on city parking stickers. The antiquated language in the previous ordinance required that every vehicle in Ludlow required a city parking sticker no matter what, but the new language only requires that city residents and business owners have city stickers on their automobiles.

City Council also passed a text amendment that includes those engaged in rental properties as part of the Gross Receipts Tax.

Story & photo by Bryan Burke, associate editor