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Latrobe approves refiguring fees for dumping trash

| Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Latrobe council on Monday approved changes to the transfer station fees that will require recalibrating the way the scales charge customers for dumping refuse.

The charge for municipal waste will increase from $91 to $93; loads up to 200 pounds will increase from $8 to $12.

Roll-off container service trip charge will rise from $185 to $190 and per-ton disposal fee for the containers will increase from $32 to $35.

Councilman Richard Jim recommended an amendment to the original motion, which raised the recommended base rate from $10 to $12.

Jim said because recommendations of a consultant in June estimated the city's cost-per-pound to dispose of the waste is higher than the current fees, those should be increased.

“We're not gouging anybody, we're still going to lose money,” he said.

A similar suggested increase to $12 was struck down in June because of a discrepancy in the fee schedule.

Because the next fee increment accounts for between 200 and 2,000 pounds, dumping slightly more than 200 pounds would be cheaper than the first 200 pounds, said city manager Alex Graziani.

Graziani argued that because of the pro-rated per pound fee, someone bringing in 220 or 240 pounds of trash would be charged less than $12, undercutting the person dumping less than 200 pounds.

He said the fee should be increased more, possibly up to $15, if Jim wanted to ensure the city was profiting from each pound dumped.

“It (a $12 fee) just slows the bleeding; it doesn't stop it,” Graziani said.

Between 200 and 2,000 pounds, a per-pound fee of a little more than 4 cents per pound would then be levied for amounts up to one ton, following the previous policy.

The scales round off increments of 20 pounds, so Graziani said the instrumentation could be recalibrated to account for the deficiency instead.

The measure was approved unanimously; Councilman Mike Skapura was absent from the meeting.

In other business, council awarded Derry Construction Co. two paving contracts to improve four streets in the city.

Reconstruction of part of Josephine Street was included in one contract for $138,740.

The company was the lowest apparent bidder at $32,282 to repair parts of Oak, Miller and Thompson streets among four bids on a second contract, which accounts for federal Community Development Block Grant funding.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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