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May 24, 2013

London garbage rates to increase

Ordinance approved unanimously by council members present Thursday

LONDON — A new ordinance governing garbage collection and rates was approved unanimously by present members of the London City Council during a special-called meeting Thursday.

The ordinance covers garbage collection for businesses and residents of the city of London.

Mayor Troy Rudder explained this was the second reading of the proposed ordinance.

According to the ordinance, residential rates have increased.

“The rate for each single-family unit and for each family unit in a multi-family dwelling, including apartment houses, shall be $15.52 per month for each family unit,” states the ordinance. “Residential customers will be assessed an extra fee if more than three containers are used on a regular basis. If more than three cans are used, $5 per month per can surcharge shall be made.”

Business rates are broken down into classes.

Class A, which is also subdivided into categories, covers businesses using either an approved-size can or metal dumpster.

According to the ordinance, dumpser rates for businesses are additional to a monthly fee. All pickups are weekly, and if additional pickups are needed, other rates will apply.

The first category is a maximum of three approved cans no larger than 40 gallons. That rate is now $26.03 monthly. A $5 per can per month surcharge will be added for each can over three.

The second category covers two-yard dumpsters — that rate is now $90 per month. Multiple pickups per week are available at multiples of $90.

The third category covers four-yard dumpsters — that rate is now $120 monthly. Multiple pickups per week are available at multiples of $120.

The fourth category covers six-yard dumpsters — that rate is now $140 per month. Multiple pickups per week are available at multiples of $140.

The fifth category covers eight-yard dumpsters — that rate is now $145 monthly. Multiple pickups per week are available at multiples of $145.

The Class B business classification of the ordinance covers any business using an open-top container for garbage collection. There are four subdivisions of this classification with varying rates.

The first category covers 10 cubic yard containers with a two-ton maximum. The charge per dump is $175.

The second category covers 20 cubic yard containers with a  four-ton maximum. The per dump charge for that is $350.

The third category covers 30 cubic yard open-top containers, with a six-ton maximum. The per dump rate for this category is $525.

The last category covers 40 cubic yard containers with a seven-ton maximum. That per dump rate is $700.

The Class C classification is for businesses using a compaction system. This classification has eight categories.

The first category covers six cubic yard compactors — that rate is $85 per dump. The second category covers eight cubic yard compactors, and that rate is now $96 per dump. The third category is for 16 cubic yard compactors, and the rate for that is $115 per dump.

The fourth category under the Class C covers 20 cubic yard compactors with a maximum capacity of six tons. The rate for that is $275 per dump.

The fifth Class C category covers 25 cubic yard compactors with a maximum capacity of eight tons. The rate for that is $345 per dump.

The sixth category is for 30 cubic yard compactors with a maximum capacity of nine tons. The rate for that is $420 per dump.

The seventh category covers 34 cubic yard compactors with a maximum capacity of 10 tons. The rate for that is $475 per dump.

The last category under the Class C heading covers 40 cubic yard compactors with a maximum capacity of 12 tons. The rate for that is $485 per dump.

The ordinance also states that, “All businesses that use either dumpster containers, open-tops or compactors owned by the City of London for garbage pickup by the City of London shall be charged a monthly rental fee for the use of said equipment.”

The equipment and their monthly rates are:

— Two cubic yard dumpster, $18;

— Four cubic yard dumpster, $28;

— Six cubic yard dumpster, $35;

— Eight cubic yard dumpster, $40;

— Six cubic yard compactor, $145;

— Eight cubic yard compactor, $160;

— 20 cubic yard compactor, $215;

— 25 cubic yard compactor, $225;

— 30 cubic yard compactor, $240;

— 34 cubic yard compactor, $250; and,

— 40 cubic yard compactor, $265.

Open-top container rental rates are the same for all available sizes — 10, 20, 30 and 40 cubic yard open-top containers are $3.50 per day (each).

Council member Judd Weaver motioned to approve the second reading of the ordinance, with a second from Council member Nancy Vaughn. Council members Jason Handy and Bobby Joe Parman voted to approve. Council members Jim Hays and Danny Phelps were unable to attend the special meeting Thursday afternoon.

In other business:

— The proposed Municipal Aid Cooperative Contract and Resolution for the next fiscal year was approved Thursday.

Rudder explained he had received a letter “last week” that was dated April 15 concerning this contract and resolution.

“We need to do this really fast,” he said.

He explained that approving the resolution meant state monies for local roads.

The contract is between the city of London, “and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Transportation Cabinet, Department of Rural and Municipal Aid” for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Rudder added the paperwork for this contract must be approved and in Frankfort by June 1.

“It’s $20,000 more than last year,” Rudder said, adding it totaled more than $112,000.

All these monies go for materials, labor and construction or repair to roads within the incorporated city limits, according to the contract.

Parman voted to approve signing the contract and resolution, with a second from Weaver. The decision was unanimous among present members.

— The last item listed on the agenda was an executive session, which was for personnel issues. According to Rudder, no decisions were made during the closed session.

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