DONALDSONVILLE — The City Council will address a request next month from its contracted garbage company to increase collection fees.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Roddie Matherne of IESI, of Houma, — which operates garbage collection company SWDI — asked councilmen to allow an increase of $4.20 per ton collected in order to cover increased landfill fees.
The increase would be the second in two years, following a $5 per ton hike last year, Matherne said.
The combined increases would cost city customers an average of $1.31 per household per month, if the new request is approved, he added.
Colonial Landfill, of Sorrento, which accepts garbage collected from Donaldsonville, recently instituted an increase in its disposal rate from $37 per ton to $41.20, effective Nov. 1, Matherne said.
An Oct. 13 letter addressed to SWDI from BFI Colonial Landfill cites “the continuing effects on the costs of steel (equipment), labor, goods and supplies and general costs of business” as reasons for the increase.
Matherne said the increase will cause SWDI to incur an additional $1,800 per month to dispose of city garbage.
Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. suggested the council address the matter in a Committee of the Whole meeting, scheduled for Nov. 14.
Other business coming before the council included:
CAPITAL OUTLAY PLAN: The council tasked its contracted engineering firm, Glenn Shaheen & Associates, to revive a previous outlay plan for improving roads in the city.
The plan could be used to outline usage of funds for a proposed half-cent sales tax that could go before voters in the April 21 municipal general election.
Glenn Shaheen said Tuesday that his firm originally drafted a plan in 2001 that addressed numerous aspects for improvements, including roads and other infrastructure.
City Attorney Chuck Long said a plan is needed as part of the process of placing the tax proposal on a ballot
Councilmen have discussed submitting the tax proposal to voters to try and obtain a funding source for improvements to city roads and sidewalks.
Such projects are funded through the city’s general fund, Sullivan said.
However, discussion has arisen among councilmen concerning use of excess funds from the tax for additional infrastructure needs.