Opp ups garbage fees by $3

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Residents of Opp will be seeing a $3 increase in garbage fees after Monday’s city council meeting yielded an approval to up costs, but Mayor John Bartholomew is expecting a positive reaction.

“People did not want to see the city get out of the garbage business,” Bartholomew said. “It would have been outsourced, but in order to keep it in the city, we need a new truck.”

The purchase of a new garbage truck for $240,000 was part of the city of Opp’s three-year capital improvement plan, which was made public at the Jan. 21 meeting. Bartholomew said the newly approved raise in fees will help pay for the new equipment. Fees rose from $12 to $15 per month effective immediately.

The approval of Ordinance 2014-02 amends sections 4 and 5 of Ordinance 2009-07 and specifies that garbage, both residential and commercial, must be contained in the city-approved, 95-gallon containers in order to be collected.

In other business the council:

• approved the appointment of Micheal Denault, Kelsey Denault and Wanda Summers to the city’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority;

• approved the purchase of a trench box from Kundel Industries for $5,515.14 in order to aid in sewage and water line repairs;

• approved the delay of the abatement of a nuisances at 220 W. Covington St. for six months; at 400 S. College St. for six months; at 315 S. College St. two weeks; at 317 S. College St. for three months; and at 321 S. College St. for six months.