Public Works

Vice Mayor Bobby Bishop currently serves as the commissioner for public works. If you have any comments, questions and/or concerns relating to public works in Lakesite, please contact Vice Mayor Bishop to bring them to his attention. Since all city commissioners serve in a part-time capacity, they do not have offices at City Hall. The easiest way to get in touch is via email at
Photo of Public Works Director David Tate
David Tate manages our day-to-day public works operations. He and his staff maintain Lakesite Park, City Hall and all of our city rights-of-way. If you have any questions relating to that and/or relating to garbage service, please give him a call at 423-842-2533 or e-mail him at SERVICE
The City of Lakesite contracts out sanitation with Waste Connection. Regular household garbage is picked up every Monday and Thursday. Yard waste and bulk pickup alternate each week according to the posted schedule below. Please follow the guidelines below to allow for a smooth garbage pickup process:

  • Please have your garbage can at the curb by 7:00 a.m.
  • All bagged trash is to be placed inside the can. No trash may be placed on the lid or outside the can.
  • Please do not overload the can as this causes problems for the truck.
  • Place the can within 2 feet of the curb, and on a firm and level surface. Place the receptacle with the front towards the road.
  • Do not place close to mailboxes or other objects. 
  • Bulk/yard waste pickup will remain on alternating Thursdays. Click here for the schedule. 
The following items will be accepted during BULK WASTE pickup:

  • Mattresses and box springs
  • dishwasher
  • washer (must be empty of all water)
  • dryer
  • couch
  • recliner
  • area rug
  • sinks that are not porcelain or ceramic
  • If you are unsure if your item(s) are acceptable, please give us a call at 423-842-2533.
The maximum pickup is three (3) items. Water heaters, freezers, refrigerators, toilets, rug-whole house, sinks that are ceramic or porcelain, construction debris, dead animals, paint, hazardous waste or stable matter, tires are currently not accepted. Please make arrangements with any of the privately owned disposal services in our area to dispose of these items properly. 

YARD WASTE: All yard waste consisting of limbs and branches having a diameter not greater than four (4) inches and a length not greater than four (4) feet shall be tied in bundles. The Waste Hauler shall not be obligated to collect any branches or limbs having a diameter greater than four (4) inches or a length greater than four (4) feet.  All yard waste consisting of grass clippings and leaves shall be placed in bags and tied. The Waste Hauler shall not be obligated to collect any yard waste not prepared for in this manner. Yard waste shall not exceed thirty-five (35) pounds. The maximum number of bags shall be 8 per pickup.

RECYCLING is available at the Middle Valley Recycling Center at 1868 Crabtree Rd, Hixson.  The recycling center can be reached at 423-843-9317

If your garbage can is missing, most likely the hauler took it because it was damaged beyond use.  Give us a call at 423-842-2533 to request a replacement. 
Utilities and Street Maintenance
Stormwater drainage/catch basins are cleaned before and after storms. Do not dump any waste oil, paints, animal excrement, or other pollutants into the city drainage system. Doing this will pollute our lake.

Property owners are reminded that they are responsible for keeping any ditches on their properties cleared of debris per city ordinance. The culvert-ROW maintenance policy document is available in our document center.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Public Works Director Dave Tate at or at 423-842-2533.