SORRENTO — The Town Council has approved an 11 percent monthly price increase for residents whose garbage is collected by Allied Waste Services.

Effective Aug. 1, Allied Waste’s monthly collection fee will increase from $18 to $20 per household, the council decided Tuesday.

Councilmen Milton “Needlenose” Vicknair, Randy Anny, Marvin Martin and John Wright approved the increase after Allied Waste’s Karla Swacker said fuel costs had forced the company to increase prices by $1.32 for each household per month as part of its new annual contract with the town.

The council decided to raise the fee to $20 to cover town administrative costs and any customers who do not pay their bills on time.

Town Clerk Paige Robert said Allied Waste serves about 400 customers in Sorrento.

Other items considered by the council included:

POLICE CHIEF PAY: The council agreed to consider a proposed ordinance raising the pay of Police Chief Earl Theriot by $250 a month.

If approved, Theriot’s monthly pay would climb from $2,500 to $2,750.

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Town Hall.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: The Council decided to create a resolution supporting the Ascension Economic Development Corp.’s efforts to attract and retain businesses in Sorrento through a local incentives program.

REAPPOINTMENT: The council reappointed William Eddy to the Planning and Zoning Board.