Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2007

Council orders modification of proposed trash contract

December 13, 2007

The De Soto City Council has requested Weldon Enterprises modify a proposed new service to allow the customers the option of paying more to have trash picked up that overflows new 95-gallon containers.

The city of De Soto's new contract with Weldon was to be considered last Thursday, but was tabled because representatives from the Eudora company had not been able to review it.

But the contract didn't escape discussion because Councilman Tim Maniez took advantage of the contract's place on the agenda to call for changes in the proposed service.

Last month, the council informally approved a five-year contract extension with Weldon's that require customers to purchase 95-gallon wheeled trash containers for $3 a month. The service change would increase the monthly rate of service.

The company would continue its monthly large-time collection and still spot the recycling bin in the parking lot of the former Morses' Market.

Randy Weldon told the council that after a brief transition period, the company would only pick up trash placed in the containers. After that time, trash left in plastic bags or non-conforming cans would be left at the curb. Those who consistently exceed the one-container limit would be encouraged to get another.

That caused concern among council members who worried families would have extra trash on special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas.

Although Maniez said he recognized the need for more recycling and other changed habits with landfills nearing capacity, the council should modify the contract to provide a way customers who sometimes exceeded the 95-gallon capacity could make arrangements to get their trash picked up.

Maniez suggested a surcharge could be added to the monthly rate in those circumstances.

In support of the surcharge, Mayor Dave Anderson said charging more for extra trash was one of the solutions being considered by Johnson County and Kansas City, Mo., to deal with the landfill crunch.

Councilman Ted Morse suggested a different way the council could eliminate the infrequent excessive trash problem.

"We could just extend the current contract," he said,

But the extension only gained the support of Councilman Mike Drennon.

The Weldon contract is to be considered by the council Dec. 20. If approved, the new service will start with the new year.

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