Consultant Vita Quinn has recommended the city increase trash pickup rates and charge for commercial recycling. (Photo from Sheridan Media files)
A consultant has recommended that the city consider increasing trash pickup rates annually for the next five years, and let commercial recycling rates reflect the actual cost of service.
Vita Quinn, of SCS Engineers, made the recommendations earlier this week in a City Council study session.
She said the city appears to currently be spending about $360,000 a year on recycling efforts.
Councilman Thayer Shafer said that while recycling is costing the city money, it’s also diverting waste from the landfill, which puts off the closing of landfill cells and allows the landfill to last longer.
In addition to the recycling issue, Quinn has recommended that the city consider adopt a five-year plan of just under 3 percent annual rate adjustments through the year 2024.
She said without the rate increases, the city’s expenses at the municipal landfill will be greater than revenues by that year, and the city will have to start borrowing money by fiscal 2025.
According to her projections, she said the city will be out of funds for the landfill by 2026 without rate increases.
Quinn’s presentation to the council was for information only, and the council has taken no action on her recommendations at this time.