City OKs hike in garbage fees

Posted 2/13/19

Madisonville residents will find a small increase in their trash removal fees after the Madisonville City Council approved a rate change on Monday.

City Manager Camilla Viator said the …

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City OKs hike in garbage fees

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Madisonville residents will find a small increase in their trash removal fees after the Madisonville City Council approved a rate change on Monday.

City Manager Camilla Viator said the contract the city has with Waste Connections allows for a rate increase request at the beginning of March each year.

“If the standard of living increases, (Waste Connections) is entitled to an increase,” she said.

However, Viator said the company has not raised rates for many years. She also said that WC has improved their service by quite a bit over the last three years.

The amount of the increase to the city amounts to 40 cents per customer, Viator said, but asked the council to consider adding an additional 3 cents to the increase to help cover rising postage costs.

The rate change would first appear on the April bills, she said.

Council members unanimously approved the 43-cent increase.

In a separate matter, the city discussed changing the name of the splash pad at Lake Madison Park to honor Bobby Ray Nellums, who died while on duty for the city in 1993.

Council Member Lois Brown said something should be done to commemorate the man, such as naming the splash pad after him.

Viator said that things are named for people who have donated certain large sums; Mayor Bill Parten said that while he had no problem with a plaque placed in honor of Nellums, he did not feel that renaming the pad was the proper move, as it was an event that could escalate with other areas of the city very quickly.

Parten also said that it would be equally effective placed near the entrance of the park.

Parten asked that the matter be researched and tabled until the next meeting.

In other business, the council:

•discussed renovating City Hall after moving the Police Department into the old church building the city owns, and will seek engineering services to begin planning;

•approved an agreement with Madison County for the use of election equipment for the May city election;

•approved changing the payment schedule to Madison County Appraisal District from quarterly to six times per year;

•reappointed Lloyd Jones to the Building Standard Commission;

•approved minor changes to an ordinance setting land use for rural/agriculture districts; and

•approved the purchase of a 2013 Chevy Tahoe from the Normangee Police Department at a cost of $10,100.

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