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Trash Collection Rates Expected to Increase in Florence

Florence city council heard the first reading of an ordinance setting new trash prices.  

Last November, the city received two bids for trash services, including its current provider Rumpke, and its competitor, Best Way Disposal. 

Mayor Diane Whalen looked at a 10-year contract with both companies, and Rumpke's was $1.5 million cheaper, she said.

The current Rumpke contract expires on March 31. 

A new two-year agreement with Rumpke would start on April 1, with four possible two-year extensions.

The new price for residential customers would be $6 per month for once-a-week pick-up and $4 per month for once-a-week recycling pick-up. That is an increase from the current $3.91 per month for residential pick-up. Each potential two-year extension could also see an increase.

The rates for commercial customers will also increase. Two 95-gallon trash cars picked up once a week currently costs $13.48 per month, but will increase to $17.56 when the new contract is approved. One 65-gallon recycling cart picked up once a week will stay at the same price of $15 per month.

Mayor Whalen also announced that the Citizen Police Academy would begin on March 1, and applications can be found on the city's website. 

Councilman Gary Winn favorably of the academy.

"I was part of the first Citizen Police Academy," Winn stated. "I would encourage anybody to sign up and do that."

Whalen also talked about the Youth in Government week, which begins March 11, and said that there are usually about 2,000 students who come through the city building. On Tuesday night of that week the city hosts Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and home-schooled students so they can also find out about the machinations of city government.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer