A move toward implementing a tipping fee for solid waste services is gaining traction in the city of Clinton.
City Administrator Jeff Horne reported Wednesday during a City Services Committee meeting that a main vendor will do testing on the system Monday. The company will review data and will test the equipment.
“We’re doing some data checking and making things happen,” Horne said.
Clinton City Council members voted 4-2 April 11 to enact a flat fee for solid waste services to go in effect May 1. The resolution keeps a $9.25 residential fee in place, but will tack on a $5.25 flat fee for households that utilize the city’s services.
The fees are not permanent, according to the resolution. Council members will revisit the topic in six months, and updates to the City Services Committee will continue monthly, Horne said.
Scanning hardware on trucks have been a problem since the start of this program, which began August 2011. Also, the city will have to develop software to accommodate the scanning hardware.
While the main vendor will look at data, the city will still attempt to match trash cans with serial numbers, which Horne said will be a time-consuming task.
With about 10 to 12 residental properties for sale around the city of Clinton, city officials are considering reducing the asking price and getting those pieces of land on the tax rolls.
The lots are small and likely wouldn’t allow for a new house to be built on the land, but the areas could become homes for garages or extra lots for neighbors looking to expand, City Attorney Jeff Farwell said.
Council member Charlie Mulholland, who sits on the committee, informed Horne to pursue selling these properties for “what we can get out of them.” That request doesn’t include commercial properties.
These lots also do not include areas where the city keeps its floodways.
Symphony of Lights
Discussions are ongoing between the city of Clinton and the Clinton Jaycees Foundation regarding a lease agreement for Symphony of Lights at Eagle Point Park.
Previous lease agreements generally leave the upkeep of the park and lodge up to the city for nine months, while the other three months, from November to January, are the responsibility of the Jaycees.
However, the agreement ended earlier this year, and in anticipation of a new lease agreement, Clinton Recreation Director Gregg Obren is proposing different ideas to add to the lease. Some of those new options are for the Recreation Department to remain responsible for reservations and upkeep of the lodge facility year-round, and help with organizing the run/walk.
“The Symphony of Lights is a number of events with a lighting display,” Obren said. “There’s parties, events and a run/walk, and then there is a display. Right now, we’re researching the lodge part and the run/walk.”
As far as profit sharing, Obren said there has been significant discussion but no agreement. The committee gave Obren approval to continue discussions with the Jaycees Foundation, and attempt to create a partnership between the city and the organization.
Symphony of Lights Chairman Chris Dinning confirmed discussions had taken place, but declined further comment.