CITY OF TEXARKANA, AR

REQUEST FOR BOARD ACTION

 

AGENDA TITLE:  Adopt an ordinance approving a residential solid waste collection rate increase. (PWD) (Second Reading)

 

AGENDA DATE:  December 5, 2017 (First Reading November 20, 2017)

ITEM#:  10 

DEPARTMENT:  Public Works

DATE SUBMITTED: 11/9/2017

PREPARED BY:  City Clerk Heather Soyars

SUBJECT:  Residential Solid Waste Collection Rate Increase

EXHIBITS:  Ordinance, Request letter from Richardson Waste II, Inc., Ordinance No. M-112, and Resolution No. 2016-50.

APPROVAL: 

EXPENSE REQUIRED: $0.00

AMOUNT BUDGETED: $0.00

APPROPRIATION REQUIRED:  $0.00

SUMMARY: Richardson Waste II, Inc., submitted a letter to the City Manager on October 18, 2017 requesting a rate increase for the collection of residential solid waste in the amount of $1.00 per home per month, beginning January 2018.  The Solid Waste Committee met on November 9, 2017 to consider the rate increase and all the haulers attended (Richardson Waste II, Inc., Edmondson Trash Service and Waste Management).

 

The Solid Waste Committee recommended a rate increase of $2.00 be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval for calendar year 2018.  The rate increase will include $1.00 to be allocated to Richardson Waste II, Inc., and Edmondson Trash Service and $1.00 to be allocated to the Texarkana Water Utilities Fund.

 

BOARD ACTION:  The Solid Waste Committee recommends board approval.

EMERGENCY CLAUSE:   This item will be approved by an ordinance, but it does not require an emergency clause.

 

ORDINANCE NO. ______

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 22-5 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO THE CITY OF TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS, CONFIRMING AND INCREASING THE MONTHLY RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION RATES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES 

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to separate agreements, the City engages Richardson Waste II, Inc., and Edmondson Trash Service, to provide residential solid waste collection services within the City as part of the city’s obligation to provide for a solid waste management system under Ark. Code Ann. §8-6-211; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to said agreements, the City may consider, at its sole discretion, requests from said hauling contractors for rate increases; and

WHEREAS, Richardson Waste II, Inc., submitted a request for a One Dollar ($1.00) per month rate increase for residential refuse removal services; and

WHEREAS, in addition to actual hauling expense and other expenses incurred by the City in fulfilling its obligations concerning solid waste services, the residential solid waste payment collections are handled by Texarkana Water Utilities (TWU); and

WHEREAS, pursuant applicable law, including, without limitation, to Ark. Code Ann. §§8-6-211 and 14-232-110, the City is authorized to set reasonable rates and charges for the discharge of its statutory solid waste service obligations; and

WHEREAS, the Solid Waste Committee met on November 9, 2017, to consider a residential solid waste rate increase and representatives of both Richardson Waste II, Inc., and Edmondson Trash Service were present and joined in the hauling rate increase request; and

WHEREAS, the Solid Waste Committee recommended residential rate increase of Two Dollars ($2.00) per month to the Board of Directors; and

WHEREAS, should the recommended increase be approved, the total monthly residential solid waste collection rate would be Twenty Dollars, Ninety-Two Cents ($20.92); and

WHEREAS, upon consideration of the residential solid waste services provided by the City, the costs incurred by the City (including the costs incurred by TWU described herein) in providing the same, and all other matters known to this Board, this Board finds such total rate to be reasonable;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Directors of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas:

SECTION 1:   That the recommended Two Dollar ($2.00) per month increase in residential refuse rates is approved, effective January 1, 2018, with One Dollar ($1.00) of said increase being for the requested rate increase by Richardson Waste II, Inc., and Edmondson Trash Service (respectively), and One Dollar ($1.00) being for the Texarkana Water Utilities Fund to offset a TWU’s expense relating to the City’s solid waste collection system.

SECTION 2:  The monthly solid waste collection rate for customers under Section 22-5 under the Code of Ordinances of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, shall be Twenty Dollars, Ninety-Two Cents ($20.92) a month, effective January 1, 2018. 

PASSED AND APPROVED this 5th day of December, 2017.

 

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Ruth Penney Bell, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Heather Soyars, City Clerk

APPROVED:

 

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George M. Matteson, City Attorney