Residents to see increase on bills; Council approves redistricting
LANCASTER - Beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, residents and businesses will notice a rate increase for their garbage collection.
Via a 4-3 vote, council approved to pass the cost of living expenses from Allied Waste , the city’s waste collection service since 2001, on Monday, Sept. 12 with a 2.9 percent increase to consumers. Residents are expected to see a 39 cent increase per month and businesses will see a 51 cent increase per month.
“Us writing blank checks is coming to a halt- I want your company [Allied Waste] to realize that the way we do business here is changing,” said District 1 Councilman Walter Weaver, an opposing vote.
District 3 Councilman Marco Mejia and District 6 Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Nina Morris also opposed the rate increase.
“I am torn, I don’t want to pass on anymore stress to our residents but because of a past council’s action, we are looking at a lawsuit,” said Mejia.
“[District 4 Councilman James] Daniels is the only one who voted for this [who is still on council].”
In a letter to City Manager Opal Mauldin Robertson, Allied Waste requested the rate increase because the Consumer Price Index in the Dallas area had gone up 4.18 percent over the past 12 months.
According to the contract approved by previous council, the contractor is allowed to request a rate increase or decrease once a year if the landfill portion equals 30 percent of their base rate or if the hauling portion equals 70 percent of their base rate. A spokesperson for Allied Waste told council their cost for diesel fuel went up a dollar a gallon.
In other news, after not being able to agree on much for most the evening, all council unanimously voted for the approved redistricting map.
“After coming to my attention I think we need to vote to amend the public hearing for another day other than Sept. 26,” said Morris.
Monday, Sept. 26 Lancaster Independent School District is looking over their redistricting options.
“I agree, we should be able to let everyone have the chance to attend both meetings and the night should be changed,” said Mayor Marcus Knight.
The public hearing for the approved redistricting map will be held at the council chambers on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Lancaster City Hall on 211 North Henry Street.