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Armstrong sets wastewater dump fees

By Staff | Feb 4, 2014

The Armstrong City Council Monday night set dump fees for licenses haulers bringing waste to the city wastewater treatment plant.

The council agreed on $20 per call and up to $200 a month for hauled-in waste from larger commercial and industrial users and $10 per 1,000 for other users.

The council also agreed to change the utility franchise fee from 2 to 5 percent. The city originally charged the fee to offset loss of revenue after legislation spread the city sales tax countywide.

The council also set a budget meeting for 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

A March 3 public hearing was approved for taking out a short-term loan for up to $50,000 to cover low cash reserves. City clerk Connie Thackery said an interest rate of 4.75 percent was available.

Also approved was waiving water, sewer and garbage fees of up to $800 for any new residential or business construction and up to $600 in water and sewer for the first year for new home or business owners.

“I think it’s an excellent idea because you’ve got a cap on it,” said Buum.

Thackery said the average home pays $55 to $60 a month in water and sewer fees.

The council also discussed recycling and approved Brent Sexton as a new member of the community center board.

Reviewing safety policies, council members also discussed adopting a policy on cell phones use in city vehicles.

Police chief Craig Merrill said he had participated in two HEAT Team calls.