2 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Trash sticker price to go up to $1.50 and haulers will pay a 5 percent franchise fee
Mayor Kyle Moore says community discussion over the last few weeks has led him to make a revised recommendation for the future of the City's garbage and recycling.
The parameters of the plan that will go before the Garbage and Recycling Committee include:
The City will continue to provide residential trash pickup. Garbage stickers are alive and well and will cost $1.50 each, up from the current 50 cent price, with future 3 percent increases.
The ordinance that prevents trash pickup by private haulers will be eliminated. Haulers can pick up residential trash, provided they pay the city a 5 percent franchise fee of revenue they generate of residential pickup. Franchise fee would begin in May.
The City will purchase 7 new garbage trucks in FY 2015 and set aside $100,000 a year to replace a truck every other year.
Recycling continues without change.
"Our citizens want a system that pays for itself...that encourages recycling and a system that allows choice.
Moore said the deal was reached with "an eye toward consensus"
He expects it to take a month to implement after it goes through the committee and through the City Council.
From Alderman Paul Havermale (R-3rd Ward):
To clarify my preferred course of action on solid waste services in Quincy. I have been, and still am, a consistent advocate for the complete privatization of solid waste services in Quincy. I would prefer that City government get out of the solid waste business completely. To protect our constituents, I would suggest we license or franchise approved haulers, like many other business licenses or permits we have now, and then the City is out of the process. The residents would contract with the approved hauler of their choice and the hauler would bill their customers directly. Unfortunately, my preferred course of action has not really been part of the public process or discussion. I have mentioned my thoughts to the Mayor, many Council members and any residents that have contacted me and we have had good discussions. However, I am one of fourteen aldermen and we respond to initiatives presented and researched by the Administration. The Council also must be responsive to the expressed desires of the people we represent and it appears a complete privatization is not what is desired. For some reason complete, or even a hybrid, privatization of waste removal seems to make many in the community upset and fearful.
I will withhold judgement on the new proposal from the Mayor until I can analyze the details completely and the proposal makes it's way through the committees for study. Rest assured I would have no trouble, as one alderman, voting for a course of actions to privatize this service as soon as possible, if a proposal of that type were to be presented to Council.