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August 15, 2013

Galveston trash fee could drop next year

Bids received for 2014 and 2015.

GALVESTON — The Galveston Town Council received some welcome news last week when it put out for bid a new contract for the disposal of the town’s garbage.

Currently the town has a contract with Wabash Valley Refuse for $73,425, or a monthly charge of $9.79 for each of the 625 residential properties. The contract expires Dec. 31.

Included in the new contract proposal, each residence will be provided with a trash tote.

Wabash Valley submitted a proposed contract with a monthly per resident charge of $8.34 in 2014 and $8.51 in 2015, a savings of 15 percent for the first year and 13 percent in the second year.

The annual cost in 2014 would be $62,500 and $63,825 in 2015.

Waste Management submitted two proposals, a two- and five-year contract.

For the two-year proposal, the monthly per residence cost would be $9.60, 2 percent lower than currently being paid. The second year the cost would be $9.85, a drop of less than 1 percent. The contract would be for $72,000 and $73,875.

The per residence charge in the five-year contract proposal would start at $9.40 in 2014 and climb to $10.40 in 2018. The annual cost would be $70,500 the first year and $78,000 in the fifth year.

Clerk/Treasurer Mitsey Goodman said the town was surprised the proposed contract from Wabash Valley showed a decrease in the cost to the town.

Town council members took the bids under advisement with a decision expected at the September meeting.

Earlier this year, town residents voiced complaints about the services being provided by Wabash Valley, mainly missed pick ups. The company changed the person collecting the garbage in Galveston and in recent months there have been no complaints voiced at council meetings.

In other business:

• The council approved the creation of a non-reverting fund to accept donations for the K-9 program for the canine unit of the Galveston Police Department. The funds will be used for training, care of the dogs and the purchase of equipment.

• The Cass County Community Foundation will be conducting a public meeting Aug. 26 at the Community Building to receive input from local residents on future projects needed to make improvements to the community. The Foundation will provide $20 for every person in attendance to be used on projects in Galveston.

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