published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Special meeting for solid waste issues, rates set
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- City Public Works Director Ken Fields requested the city council's input and direction regarding the long, drawn-out issue of the Solid Waste Department rates and other department issues during Tuesday evening's regular council meeting at City Hall.
Fields stated that the solid waste issues are time consuming, and he has gathered much information regarding the waste schedule and rates from neighboring cities, counties and other regions of the country in hopes of getting a clearer view of which direction the department should be headed.
"We'd like the council's guidance with working through this," Fields said. "We're requesting that council provide assistance through either a committee, a workshop or some sort of combination."
City staff wants to adjust the schedule to include bigger waste cans with fewer pick-ups, which is the opposite of what is being encouraged by residents.
"The way it's currently structured, people are encouraged to get smaller containers with more frequent pick-ups and staff wants to do the exact opposite," said Fields. "During this process we've encountered some issues."
Council President Andrew Fells quickly suggested a workshop that would include council members.
"I think all of us may have different ideas of where we'd like to see this go, what'd we'd like to see done and what level of service solid waste should provide to the city. I would implore council to go with a workshop route so we could all be involved in this decision," Fells said.
Council member John Griffin disagreed slightly regarding the forming of a committee regarding the solid waste department and its issues.
"I don't think a workshop is the way to go. Some of us know a little bit more than the other council members because we've gone through these committee meetings for the last nine or 10 months. I'd like to see a committee hold one or two meetings, then hold a workshop," Griffin stated.
After discussing more options, a suggestion was made to hold a special meeting.
A special meeting would provide the complete council the ability to take any action they deem necessary during the meeting, unlike at a workshop, where no action can be taken until the issues are placed on an agenda for a regular meeting.
Griffin made a motion to hold a special meeting to discuss solid waste commercial rates and other issues; the motion was approved unanimously by the full council. A date is in the works to be set for the solid waste special meeting.
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