PETALING Jaya City Council is expected to hold a swearing-in ceremony for its councillors as they take on a new term on Monday.
Mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said the state government would be issuing the appointment letters to local councils today.
"We expect to get the full list of names by then. We'll see if we can get the letter by today (yesterday).
"The departments would be operational as usual, but we will not be able to hold sub-committee meetings until the new councillors have been sworn in, hopefully by next week."
The tenure for 288 local councillors for the 12 local authorities in Selangor ended in December last year but they received an extension till Wednesday.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was previously quoted as saying that the new line-up would be revealed by March 1.
At a press conference after the state exco meeting on Wednesday, he said the names would be announced by the respective councils in the next few days.
Sources also told Streets that there could be a reshuffle in the new line-up, with some old ones dropped and some new faces joining.
On a different development, Roslan said he would visit the solid waste transfer station in Section 21, Shah Alam.
"We hope to get an approval from the station's operator to allow the domestic waste collected by contractors to be sent there instead of going to the landfill in Jeram, which is 80km away.
"With the transfer station closer to PJ, it will be easier for both contractors and our staff to monitor the progress."
Roslan was responding to a news report in Streets on Tuesday which stated that a landfill in Shah Alam would be used to dispose of home and garden waste in PJ.
"The one in Shah Alam is not a landfill but a transfer station where the operator is able to sort out the garbage before the waste is sent to the landfill in Jeram.
"You'd be surprised to know that only 10 per cent of the remaining rubbish is sent to the landfill."
"As of now, Shah Alam City Council and Subang Jaya Municipal Council (nearest to the transfer station) have started to use the service.
"We hope to follow suit soon. The transfer station can take up to 1,000 tonnes of garbage per day and is open till late at night," Roslan said.
He said refuse collection contractors previously used to spend a lot of time on the road and queuing up at the landfill in Jeram which closes at 4pm.
"This inconvenienced the contractors who sometimes didn't get to dispose of the garbage there.
"As a result, some garbage-filled compactors had to be kept at our workshop before they are taken back to Jeram," he said.
Roslan was at a press conference to announce the 32 new contractors for solid waste collection and another 68 for public cleaning (see accompanying story).