Cassville City Council approves new trash contract with rate hikes

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Cassville City Council voted to enter into a new 10-year contract with Allied Waste for city waste collection and disposal services that reflects increases in the rates for residential and commercial customers.

Residential rates will rise slightly from $10.62 to $12.50 a month for weekly residential curb service and from $11.78 to $13.50 for weekly residential cart service. This cost also includes monthly recycling service.

Commercial rates also reflect an increase. Monthly once-a-week pick-up rate changes for commercial customers are as follows: commercial curbside, from $15.30 to $17.45 a month; commercial cart from $18.61 to $21; commercial two-yard cart from $47.53 to $55; commercial three-yard cart from $57.28 to $66; commercial four-yard cart from $68.25 to $78; commercial six-yard cart from $90.68 to $104; and commercial eight-yard cart from $109.28 to $126.

The only other changes to Allied Waste's contract with the city include the elimination of glass as a recyclable item and the addition of a citywide clean-up in the spring. The contract also allows Allied Waste to add a fuel surcharge if gas prices continue to climb. This change in price would have to be approved by the council.

Aldermen voted unanimously to renew the city's long-time partnership with Allied Waste pending City Attorney Don Cupps' review and approval of the contract. Allied Waste was the only company that bid on the city's trash service contract.

The city council also approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Office of State Courts Administrator, which will allow the city to participate in the state-wide Judicial Information System (JIS).

Cassville will be among some of the first municipalities in the state to join this automated statewide court system that links Missouri courts and agencies with one another. The county court is already utilizing JIS.

Darelyn Cooper, city finance officer, presented the council with a detailed analysis of the JIS proposal, which revealed that the system would provide the municipal court with many benefits at a very small cost to the city.

"The JIS system will improve the court's collection and record-keeping practices," said Cooper. "JIS will also result in reduced data entry, better tracking of cases, automated report writing and a tax intercept program. It will also provide better internal control of our accounting. There will be no more manual receipts."Training and software to implement the JIS system is free to the city. Costs that will be incurred by the city include travel costs for the training and the cost to purchase a laptop and printer for Court Clerk Jennifer Prewitt.
Aldermen also voted to approve an ordinance that amends the municipal code to increase court costs by $7, which will be paid to the state to cover the costs of implementing and maintaining the JIS system for Cassville Municipal Court. With this addition, the city's total court costs will now stand at $30.50.During Monday night's city council meeting, aldermen also heard from David Gouldsmith, of Gouldsmith Aviation, concerning the city's decision not to renew the Gouldsmith's lease of a hangar at the Cassville Municipal Airport.

Gouldsmith wanted to know why the city had made this decision. He also told the council that this decision would force the business to move from its location at the Cassville Airport, and as a result, would cost the local community 12 jobs.

Mayor Tracy Holle said the city's decision not to renew the hangar lease was based on citizens' complaints and assertions that were not fulfilled.

"What we have heard is that the overall theme of what's going on out there isn't positive for the airport to grow," said Holle.

Gouldsmith said he was not aware of any problems and his company would not be able to vacate the hangar in the 30 days requested by the city.

"I feel like we're being grossly and wrongly accused of something we haven't done," said Gouldsmith, who was accompanied to the meeting by his wife, Marlene, several of his employees and a few airplane owners. "This is totally unfair."

When asked how long it would take him to vacate the hangar, Gouldsmith said 90 days to six months.

"We go by what our advisory board says, citizens' comments and things that have happened in the past," said Holle. "It's not just a fly-by-night decision we've made on this."

In other business, the council, reviewed a proposed well inspection program presented by Art Lewis with Flynn Drilling Co. To participate in this preventative maintenance plan, the city would pay $2,200 a year.

Lewis said he would provide the service free to the city for the first year. The city has never before had a well maintenance plan in place.

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