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By Caroline Downs
Garbage rates in Berthold may increase in the coming months, following action taken by the Berthold City Council to approve a new contract proposed by Circle Sanitation during the November 4th council meeting.
Circle Sanitation owner Dan Ruby discussed the new agreement with council members, saying that his company initially contracted with the city three years ago.
“We’d like to propose a five-year contract,” he said.
Under the proposal, rates would increase for the first two-year period of the contract, then bump up again for the next three years. Charges for second and third totes at any given residence would also go up slightly.
Rates for commercial garbage pick-up would increase in two phases, similar to residential rates.
However, the city would receive 20 free roll-offs each year, as well as four free clean-up tanks to support home and yard efforts during the spring and fall.
Mayor Alan Lee said he had received very few complaints about service from Circle Sanitation. He requested some sort of flyer or brochure that could be distributed to residents about the types of items accepted in garbage taken by Circle Sanitation.
Ruby noted the information was available on the company’s website, but he agreed to provide printed versions for Berthold customers.
The council unanimously approved the five-year contract proposed by Circle Sanitation. Any changes in customer garbage rates will be reflected in monthly billing statements, beginning in 2014.
New lease agreement
coming for trailer court
The council took steps to establish a new lease agreement and new rental rates for the city’s trailer court as discussion during the meeting turned toward overdue rent payments, possible eviction proceedings and other problems.
Councilman Chris Burnside moved to have a new lease agreement drawn up and available for tenants to review and sign by January 1, 2014. The agreement would include increased rental rates and require signatures from tenants within 30 days or their trailers would be removed from the court.
The council approved the motion, as well as a second motion to start the legal procedures necessary to collect overdue rent and . . . . Read EVERY WORD on EVERY PAGE of The Kenmare News by subscribing--online or in print!