Trash fees, service focus of public hearing

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 05:28 PM.

The Havelock Board of Commissioners is appealing to residents one last time for input on the proposed 2013-14 budget, specifically as it relates to yard waste and the cost of trash pickup.

The proposed budget calls for the monthly trash fee to increase from $13.95 to $14.50, but at that price, residents are being asked to bag their leaves and grass clippings to allow for more efficiency — and less cost — during collection.

Though the bags would not be required during what was termed peak leaf season, some residents still didn’t like the idea. They told commissioners during Monday night’s public hearing on the budget that they would rather see the trash fee anywhere from $15 to $15.25 per month to avoid having to bag materials.

"Charge me the extra 45 or 50 cents or whatever for the bags," resident George Corbin told commissioners during Monday night’s public hearing on the budget. "It’s going to cost me more to go get the bags. It’s going to cost me gas to go get the bags. It’s going to cost me time to get the bags."

Other residents voiced concern that the plastic trash bags containing yard waste would simply be ripped open and discarded, making them a waste of money. Others said they would simply not rake their leaves or discard their grass clippings if the materials had to be bagged.

Commissioner Jim Stuart said he didn’t like the idea of seniors or those with health issues having to bag their leaves or grass clippings, adding that commissioners had not made a final decision on the issue.

Commissioner Will Lewis said the goal was to make trash collection — and any city service for that matter — efficient with the lowest cost as possible to city residents.



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