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Garbage rates rise for Ovilla

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The Ellis County Press

OVILLA - Garbage collection rates again occupied the attention of the Ovilla City Council at their meeting on Dec. 8. The council adopted new rates for residents this time. Beginning in January, residents will pay $9 monthly, and senior citizens will pay $6.75 monthly. The few commercial accounts in Ovilla will pay $9 monthly.

Citizens who regularly attend the council meeting, were confused by the appearance of ordinance No. 445 amending the fee schedule for garbage collection on the agenda.

They believed the rate had already been set at the last City Council meeting, Nov. 10. Resident Jo Ann Graham questioned the Council about it during her appearance.

City Administrator Scott Campbell explained the fees discussed at the November meeting were the fees the City will pay Trinity Waste Services, not the fees charged to residents for garbage collection.

Ovilla will pay Trinity $8.00 monthly per household for residential and commercial trash collection, under the contract adopted by the Council on Nov. 10.

Presently, residents pay the City $6.75 monthly, and senior citizens pay $4.50 monthly for trash collection. Only 122 citizens in Ovilla receive the senior citizens' discount, according to City Administrator Scott Campbell.

The City's profit from trash collection fees was called 'insignificant' by Councilman Ralph Hall. 'It will only be about $9,000 a year,' he commented. Hall was the only council member who had voted against renewing the City's contract with Trinity Waste Services on Nov. 10.

The new contract with Trinity also includes new services, such as weekly bulky item and loose brush collection on the same day as garbage collection. Brush may be piled 3 feet in height, 4 feet in width, and 4 feet in length. Large items such as furniture and appliances will also be collected. Refrigerators must be drained of freon, and no hazardous materials, such as batteries, or insecticides should be put out for collection.

Former Mayor Charlie Morton asked the Council about including recycling in the service. He was told the City will conduct a survey to determine interest in recycling next year.

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