WHITESVILLE, W.Va – During the October town council meeting the proposed amendment to ordinance W-15 which could affect garbage fees.
Susan Grubbs, town recorder said, “The second reading will be on November 15 and the decision will be made that night.”
According to the notice for residents and business owners this amendment is to help with budgetary needs.
The notice states, “The increase in the city fee rate is a result of several factors that include but is not limited to the garbage dump near Cooperstown being closed; the elimination of funding from the Boone County Commission; added expense to maintain the street lights in town and need to increase police coverage in our municipality.”
According to the notice, Whitesville has had an increase in expenses when it comes to picking up and disposing of garbage.
The town now has to haul garbage to Beckley or Charleston.
According to the notice this increases the amount of gas being used, increases the dumping fees as well as an added expense in maintenance to the vehicles hauling garbage.
The notice states, “The amount of the increase has been evaluated and the monthly fee will be increased by one third of present rate rounded up to nearest dollar.”
According to the notice residential customers would see their garbage fees go up by five dollars. Business customers would see garbage fees go up between six dollars and $162 depending on their current rate.
In addition to these increases the notice states that anyone needing to have large bulk items picked up would have to contact city hall for prices.
If the amendment passes, Grubbs said, “Prices should take place the first of the year.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or firstname.lastname@example.org