In a special called session before the regular meeting Tuesday, the Weaver City Council discussed getting out of the trash business and using Advanced Disposal for garbage collection in the city. The company’s bid for the service would contract collecting garbage at a cost of $8.90 per household per month.
Currently the city charges customers living in city limits $15 a month and customers outside of the city limit a rate of $17 a month. The council initially raised garbage rates by $2 per household per month when the current members first took office in January.
“Weaver was going to go broke if we didn’t do that,” Weaver Mayor Wayne Willis said. “I don’t think we’re asking a lot to raise it again.”
Several proposals for raising sanitation rates were brought to the table, including charging a flat rate for out-of-city and city residents, as well as raising prices for one group, but not the other.
Councilman Jeff Clendenning said he would not vote for a further increase in sanitation rates during his term if the council passed its proposed fee hike.
“If you want to raise it $2, you need to raise it now,” Clendenning said.
The council will hold off taking a vote on the measure until June, as Willis will not be at the council’s next meeting in May.
A heated discussion took place during the session when Clendenning presented a cost-cutting measure to transition the city’s Fire Department into a volunteer department. Councilman Tim McRae said he was bothered Clendenning had not consulted him with his research as McRae had been assigned to oversee the Fire Department. In turn, Clendenning accused Weaver Fire Chief Brian Bunn of unprofessional behavior since the last council meeting, during which Clendenning had questioned some Fire Department practices.
Willis restored order and reminded council members in the future to be mindful of their colleagues’ departmental responsibilities when proposing management ideas.
“We’re talking about passionate subjects,” Willis said. “I think we need to look at everything we said as in the past and move forward. We could have handled it better, but we’ve vented it out now.”
Willis asked Bunn to take a look at Clendenning’s findings and bring back his own research to the first council meeting in June.
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