Com­mit­tee rec­om­mends garbage rate hike for 2018

Rome res­i­den­tial cus­tomers last saw an in­crease in trash col­lec­tion fees two years ago.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Wag­ner Staff Writer DWag­ner@RN-T.com

Rome’s pub­lic works com­mit­tee is rec­om­mend­ing a 2.5-per­cent in­crease in garbage pickup rates for the com­ing year.

Pub­lic Ser­vices Man­ager Kirk Milam said Wednesday that trans­lates into a hike of about 30 cents a month for the av­er­age res­i­den­tial cus­tomer with a 65-gal­lon cart.

“The solid waste col­lec­tion is an en­ter­prise fund, so it pays its own way,” Milam said.

The last res­i­den­tial in­crease came in 2015 and com­mer­cial cus­tomers saw a slight rise last year.

The cost for a yard waste cart will rise to $1.55 a month from $1.50 a month. For house­hold garbage, the min­i­mum fee will go to $4.15 from $4.05; a 65-gal­lon cart will go to $9.65 from $9.40; and a 95-gal­lon cart will go to $14.80 from $14.45.

“That’s a pretty good deal when you con­sider we pick up just about any­thing any­one puts out,” Milam said.

Dump­ster col­lec­tion will go to $3.55 from $3.45 per cu­bic yard for the first con­tainer. Com­mer­cial pick-up will rise to $11.75 from $11.45 for a 65-gal­lon cart and to $17 a month from $16.60 for a 95-gal­lon cart.

The pub­lic works com­mit­tee, chaired by Com­mis­sioner Sundai Steven­son, agreed to rec­om­mend the in­crease for 2018. Milam said the new rate pro­posal is sched­uled to go to the full Rome City Com­mis­sion at its Oct. 23 meet­ing.

No change is planned for penal­ties, which in­clude a $20 as­sess­ment for mix­ing non-re­cy­clable ma­te­rial in a re­cy­cling cart and $10 fees for con­tam­i­nat­ing a yard waste cart, leav­ing trash out­side a cart or fail­ing to bring carts in from the street.

Sundai Steven­son

Kirk Milam

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