Archive for Thursday, January 17, 2008

Trash rates may rise

Council to consider recommended increase

January 17, 2008

Lansing residents could be in for the first rate increase to their monthly trash bill in 10 years.

Rates for the service, provided by Deffenbaugh Industries of Kansas City under contract with the city, have been $7.30 a month for most Lansing residents since 1997. Senior citizens pay a reduced rate of $3.63 per month.

But Lansing City Council members will consider a recommendation that would allow the mayor to negotiate a contract with Deffenbaugh with a new monthly rate of $13.79 for residents and $10.79 for senior citizens.

"Although the Deffenbaugh bid reflects a significant increase in the cost per unit of service, it is important to note that the monthly rate per unit of service has remained static for the last ten years (since 1997)," city finance director Rana Lacer wrote in a memo included in the agenda packet for council members.

After an analysis of the charges proposed by Deffenbaugh, Lacer and her staff "concludes that the rate proposed by Deffenbaugh is fair and reasonable."

The recommended rates, if accepted by the council, would still leave Lansing's trash service charges less expensive than Tonganoxie, ($15 per month) and Leavenworth ($14.10), according to a comparison chart included in the agenda packet. Lansing's charges would be higher than Basehor ($9.70 per month) and Atchison ($9 per month).

Staff also recommends the council negotiate future annual cost increases based on the Consumer Price Index.

Council members will consider the recommendation at their meeting tonight, Jan. 17. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 800 First Terrace.

Here's tonight's agenda:

Old business:

¢ Consider minutes from the Jan. 3 council meeting.

New business:

¢ Consider a cereal malt beverage license for Shree Nivas Inc., doing business as Finish Line.

¢ Consider awarding the bid for printing and distributing The Lansing Connection, the city's quarterly newsletter.

¢ Consider reconstruction bids for Lansing Historical Museum, which was gutted by a fire in summer 2007.

¢ Consider the trash rate contract with Deffenbaugh Industries.

¢ Consider the treasurer's report for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2007.

¢ Hear reports from city staff, administrator, council members and the mayor.

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