Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2011

Garbage rates in Edwardsville to increase 5 percent

May 12, 2011

Edwardsville residents can expect to see an increase in their garbage bills beginning this summer.

City Administrator Michael Webb on Monday told the Edwardville City Council the city had received a letter from Deffenbaugh Industries stating the company would increase the city’s garbage pickup rates by 5 percent effective May 1. Webb said, after receiving the letter, the city had managed to get Deffenbaugh to agree to defer the increase until July 1.

Deffenbaugh will begin charging the city a monthly rate of $11.10 per household instead of the $10.57 it currently charges. With the close-to-$1 amount the city adds onto each household’s bill to cover administrative costs and to help pay for the city’s annual cleanup day, residents can expect to see a monthly rate of $12.08, pending council approval. Residents’ current garbage bills, which they receive quarterly, amount to $11.50 per month.

Webb said there are about 900 homes in Edwardsville that will be affected by the increase.

Webb said the city’s 10-year contract with Deffenbaugh, which began May 1, 2005, and which will end April 30, 2015, allows for an increase of no more than 5 percent per year. He said this was only the second increase imposed by Deffenbaugh, the first increase being in May of 2006.

Council member Chuck Adams asked whether the $12.08 couldn’t be rounded down to just $12, and Webb said in consideration of that he would bring to a future council meeting several different figures near that $12-$12.08 mark the city could charge each household and how well they might cover the city’s administrative and annual cleanup day expenses.

He said the council would need to take action on the increase during one of the next two council meetings. The increase will take effect on the residents’ third billing cycle, July through September.

Webb said he expected the reaction from residents to be less than favorable.

“Generally nobody wants increases, so I’m sure there will be some people (who) will certainly not be pleased with the garbage increase,” he said.

Proving Webb right was resident Gary Carpenter, who said after the meeting the increase was expected, given the economy, but was unfair to residents at the same time.

“Just like everything else. It’s crazy for the citizens to have to, you know, keep paying more and more and more for everything,” Carpenter said.

Also on Monday, the council:

• Recognized Edwardsville Fire Department Capt. Paul Clark, who is retiring, for his 25 years of service. Clark was not able to attend the meeting.

• Unanimously approved minutes from the April 25 meeting.

• Unanimously approved payment of bills totaling $116,847.29.

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