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Moore: City to stay in trash collection business; Will now also allow private trash pickup

Moore: City to stay in trash collection business; Will now also allow private trash pickup

4 months 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.

From the City of Quincy:
Garbage and Recycle Option:
1) Raise sticker price to $1.50 per sticker with at least a 3% a year price escalator built into the ordinance (Revenue to be estimated at $1,786,500)
2) Charge a 5% franchise fee to private waste operators in the city (Would bring in about $50,000 a year)
3) Replace 7 of the 9 vehicles in fiscal year 2015, and replace a truck every 2 years after.
4) Set aside $100,000 a year for vehicle replacement
5) Recycling continues as is with no changes.
Estimated effect on Budget over 4 years: +$16,583
A) 2015: Positive Revenue of $61,754
B) 2016: Positive Revenue of $27,640
C) 2017: Negative Revenue of $12,726
D) 2018: Negative Revenue of $60,085
1) Sticker Fee recommendation would be sent to Finance/ Garbage and Recycle Committee for recommendation to the council. If the committee recommended an increase it would take 3 readings to pass the council.
2) The administration would work during the next few months to draft a revision to our ordinance that would allow for private haulers to operate under a franchise agreement that would require proof of insurance and information how the private company disposes of waste generated in Quincy. The goal would be to implement franchise agreements by May 1st, then enforce our ordinance.
3) The plan is based on purchasing 7 trucks, setting aside $100,000 each year to replace vehicles every 2 years. The administration would work with the Central Services Committee to draft a Request for Proposal to get quotes on trucks, which would accommodate future upgrades in technology. Quotes would be obtained by April so we could accurately reflect the purchase of the trucks in our next budget.4) The Garbage and Recycling committee along with the Finance committee will also be involved with reviewing proposals for yard waste, handling our recycling materials once the city has collected curbside and will be involved

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