Archive for Thursday, May 3, 2007

Trash rate sparks council comment

May 3, 2007

A group of citizens concerned about a possible rate hike came to the Eudora City Council meeting April 23 for a round of constructive trash talk.

The citizens responded to a decision made by the council March 27 to study a proposal by Weldon Enterprises Inc. , which would raise trash collection rates by $2.50 per month.

Weldon proposed to outfit every home in Eudora with a new 95-gallon or 65-gallon trash drum and start a new recycling program and compost pile for the city.

The proposed rate included an added 25-cent increase to help for waterline improvements or possible land to contain the new services.

The larger of the new proposed trash containers are almost three times the size of what she currently uses, Violet Huseby said. The bulk could pose a problem, she said.

"These things are going to be big," Huseby said. "I know they are going to have wheels for moving, but I'm kind of thinking of the older people driving these things around."

She did see an issue with just having trash bags out on the street, said.

"I know they say dogs and cats can get into them," Huseby said. "At least you can carry them."

Huseby also expressed doubt that citizens will be able to use all the space provided in the larger container.

"I know some people would fill it up more than once a week; some wouldn't," Huseby said.

"She brings up a good point about the size of the containers," Councilwoman Lori Fritzel said.

The company would charge the same if a citizen used a smaller container, Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said. She offered the possibility the city could structure its rates to support multiple prices.

Eudora Mayor Tom Pyle said no final decision had been made concerning the rate.

"All this isn't cast in stone," Pyle said. "This is the time to bring it up."

Sharon Burns-Bohm shared the same concerns as Huseby, especially concerning the size of the containers, she said.

"It was brought to my attention by some senior citizens in Eudora. They wondered if their ground slopes down to the street, that they would not be able to pull that container back up," Burns-Bohm said.

The size might also be too unwieldy to fit easily into some people's garages, she said.

One lady thought she would have to remove her car each time she wanted to take the can in or out of the garage, Burns-Bohm said.

"Most of the people that I talked with were in favor of heavy duty garbage bags," she said. At least the older citizens could maneuver the bags, Burns-Bohm said.

"They didn't feel they could take one big container," she said.

Peoples' concerns could prove to be unfounded when they learn more of the program, she said.

Beatty said she would request a sample of the trash containers when representatives from Weldon return in May.

As to the size issue, Beatty said her 70-year-old mother is able to move a similar-sized container.

"They're not heavy, unless you have them full clear to the brim," Beatty said.

Because they are on wheels, the containers should be easy to push by hand, she said.

The council will vote to either accept or deny the rate changes via ordinance at a regularly scheduled meeting in May.

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