City seeks input on landfill proposalCity officials are encouraging the public to get out and talk about it.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
City officials are encouraging the public to get out and talk about it.
The city has set up six meetings to inform the public about a proposal that would establish a fee for garbage service.
The fee — expected to be about $20 per month — would make landfill operations sustainable, taking the strain off the city budget, which now allocates nearly $1 million to pay for the service.
If the city does nothing, that number would grow by about $264,000 next year, said Mayor Bruce Hagen. And that number would continue to grow in subsequent years, he said.
The operation is unsustainable as it is now, the mayor said.
Hagen acknowledged the council has three options — to do nothing, sell the landfill and privatize garbage service or implement the new fee.
Failing to act is an option that could put city services in jeopardy with state constraints on levy increases, Hagen said.
Privatizing garbage collection would take control out of the city’s hands when it comes to the cost residents pay, and take control over the spring cleanup and emergency cleanup out of the city’s hands, potentially adding to the cost residents are asked to pay, Hagen said.
The city administration is planning to hold six meetings to give the public a chance to weigh in on the issue and learn more about the proposal. Meetings take place at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. June 19, June 27 and July 10 at the Superior Public Library.
The council weighs its options for the landfill operation July 16.