Council to set trash fee

Published 9:10 pm Monday, July 4, 2011

The Suffolk City Council will discuss the upcoming comprehensive plan review and a slight decrease in the new trash disposal fee during its meeting Wednesday.

The council will meet at 4 p.m. for its work session at City Council chambers, 441 Market St. The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

The new trash fee initially was supposed to be $18.50, but negotiations with the company that will be providing recycling services produced a lower price than expected, city officials said.

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TFC Recycling will provide curbside recycling pickup for the entire city beginning in September. The new fee is expected to be $17.50.

City officials say the new fee is needed to pay for the expenses of picking up trash, providing citywide recycling, maintaining the Hosier Road landfill and preparing for the eventual demise of the Southeastern Public Service Authority, which currently allows the city to dump its trash for free because it hosts the regional landfill.

City Council members also are expected to discuss a lower fee for the first three months since TFC will not be providing its service until September.

At the work session, the council members will discuss the 2026 comprehensive plan review. The plan, which is required by state code, must be reviewed at least once every five years. The plan outlines which areas are best suited for future development.

Also on the regular meeting agenda is an ordinance to accept a grant from the Obici Healthcare Foundation for the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue. The grant will help in the detection and treatment of heart attacks in Suffolk before the patient arrives at the hospital.