Sanitation fees in the City of Whitesburg will go up $1.00 per month to address rising fuel costs and increases in landfill fees.
The Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an ordinance (No. 2011- 3) which raises garbage rates for residential customers from $8.75 to $9.75 per month. Senior citizens with proof of age and being head of the household can apply for a rate of $$7.75 per month, up from $6.75.
Commercial sanitation rates were also raised. The new rates will be:
• Two- yard Dumpster — $ 25 per Dumpster per month, with an additional $25 for each additional Dumpster per month.
• Three and one-half yard Dumpster — $40 per Dumpster per month, with an additional $40 per Dumpster per month.
• Compactors — $200 per compactor per customer per month on all persons doing business in Whitesburg collecting compacted waste pursuant to a valid occupational license for compactor collectors.
• All non- compacted, non- Dumpstered commercial accounts will be dealt with on an individual basis with a minimum charge of $15 per month.
The council also passed city’s annual budget ordinance (No. 2011-4) for Fiscal Year 2011–2012. According the approved budget, the city will receive $1,516,032 in its general fund and $1,429,104 in the water and sewer fund. The city budget is on file and available for public inspection at City Hall.
First readings for both the garbage and budget ordinances were held during a special meeting held Friday (June 10).
Veolia Water representative Chris Caudill told the council several sewer pumps have been giving the company problems. He said two have been repaired and that several small pumps which are very expensive to repair are still under warranty. Caudill also said rags in sewer lines have caused problems at lift stations downtown and in West Whitesburg.
Mayor James Wiley Craft asked Veolia about sewer pipes in the Upper Bottom area that were supposed to be scoped out with cameras on fiber optic cables but Caudill said the pipes were in such bad shape the process couldn’t be used. He said the entire Upper Bottom sewer system is in a bad state of deterioration and that water pipes are also in bad shape. Caudill said some of the sewer pipes were in such bad shape they crumbled when they were dug up.
Craft reported to the council that city stickers are now on sale and cost $7.50 for the first sticker and $5 for the second vehicle in a family. He said every person who lives or works in the city must have a sticker on their vehicle by July 1. People with city stickers will get free car unlock service from city police while those who do not have a sticker must pay $5 per service.
Craft also reported that the National Weather Service has started work on the new weather station in Whitesburg, and that it should be in operation in about three weeks. Weather will be updated every five minutes.
Craft told the council the Police Committee had approved hiring Brett Thomas as the city’s newest police officer. Councilman Jimmy Bates, who is on the committee, told the council that Thomas is already trained and has worked in Nicholasville. Thomas is also in the U.S. Army Reserves and conducts training at Fort Knox.
The city’s Independence Day Celebration will be held July 4 at the city’s River Park. Craft said the house band from B.B. King’s in Nashville will headline the celebration, with local bands playing as well.
Craft said music will start at about 7:30 p.m., with a fireworks show after dark. The celebration is being paid for with money generated from a city tax on alcohol sales.