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April 17, 2014, 1:27 pm

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Springfield Aldermen Debate Proposed Recycling Fee Increase


There are still a lot of questions about a proposed increase in the recycling fee for the city of Springfield.

 

A flow chart of how Springfield Public Works deals with garbage problems
A flow chart of how Springfield Public Works deals with garbage problems 

The proposed ordinance would increase the recycling fee on residents garbage bills from fifty cents to a dollar-fifty and would have the city collect the recycling fee on City Water Light and Power utility bills by January of 2014.  

 

The mayor also says there will be a garbage "watch list" of some 3,000 residents that don't currently have waste hauling as required by ordinance.   

 

Some of the concerns from aldermen are the costs of implementing the new billing plan, a waiver process for people who can't afford the increase, and the plan to write $25 tickets for people leaving their garbage out for more than 24 hours.

 

Something else that was a concern for aldermen is the mayor's plan to have garbage drop off locations, but that is not in the ordinance.

 

Alderman questioned Mayor Mike Houston, Public Works Director Mark Mahoney and CWLP Engineer Chief Engineer Eric Hobbie about the proposal after placing it on the debate agenda.

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