By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
The monthly price tag for garbage collection will increase for the city of Barbourville.
That decision was reached Wednesday after the city council approved the second reading of a new ordinance on the matter during a special-called meeting.
The first reading of the ordinance was during a special-called meeting Tuesday.
Mayor David Thompson again read the ordinance Wednesday, and Council member Wilma Barnes motioned to approve the changes, with a second from Council member Ronnie Moore.
A roll-call vote of present council members proved the council unanimous in this decision. Council member Gerald Hyde did attend Tuesday’s meeting to hear the ordinance’s first reading, however, Thompson said he was unable to attend Wednesday’s meeting.
The new fees go into effect July 1.
Commercial and industrial customers will be charged $19 per month, $4 higher than the previous fee. If the business requires a dumpster, that customer is to contact the city for a list of those charges. Emptying those dumpsters are done on a schedule per the customer’s needs.
Residential customers will also see a $4 increase, and will now be billed $14 monthly. Those customers receive pick-up service twice-weekly. Additional pick-ups will be $10 per trip.
One note in the ordinance states, “The fees established herein above may be waived by the city in conjunction with a community-wide clean-up effort.”
In other council business:
— A decision concerning the old Knox County Health Department building was reached by city council members.
During Tuesday’s special-called meeting, council members unanimously agreed to declare the building as “surplus property.”
Once that designation was official, council members then agreed to dispose of the property through auction.
No date has yet been scheduled to auction the building.
Mayor David Thompson said the city had been paying approximately $20,000 to maintain the building, which was serving no purpose for the city.
He explained that $10,000 was the payment to the Knox County Health Department for the building loan, plus maintenance and utilities bills were also requiring payment.
“The proceeds from the auction will go toward paying the health department the loan difference,” Thompson said, adding that anything over that amount will end up in the city’s coffers.
— Council members unanimously appointed Randell Young to the Urban Renewal & Community Development Board. He replaced former member Paul Hale, who no longer resides in the area.