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|Knoxville City Council Wants Public to Speak Up on Proposed Recycling Rate Increase
|The City of Knoxville could still move forward with efforts to increase recycling, but it would possibly cost residents to do that.
Aldermen in Knoxville Tuesday night discussed on first reading a proposal to increase by $2 a month the city's current recycling rates as part of garbage service. That would take them up to $8.50 a month per household for in-town residents, and $12 a month for those who receive city garbage service outside town.
The city originally started tossing around the idea after Galva-based Eagle Enterprises Recycling first approached the city about taking over the service. But Third Ward Alderman Rob Derham told the company it just couldn't work out.
"We appreciate your offer," Derham told Eagle Enterprises officials in attendance at the meeting. "Right now, we just don't feel like we could financially pass that sort of increase on to everyone. We're going to do some promoting on trying to get more and more people involved (in recycling). We're satisfied with your product and your service to us."
Derham said rates would have to be raised almost four-dollars a month per household if the city went with the Eagle Enterprises proposal.
Aldermen wanted residents to be able to come to the next City Council meeting September 21st and let their voices be heard before a final vote on the increase is made. If approved, the changes would take effect November First, and a letter would be sent to all city households explaining the changes.
The Knoxville City Council Tuesday night learned that city employees will get free flu shots in the coming weeks at either of Galesburg's two hospitals -- shots that will be paid for by the city.
|09 10 09 by Newsroom
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