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Latrobe sets trash rates

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Latrobe Council finalized trash rates for residents, which will rise in January but then remain steady for the following four years.

The fee schedule was approved on Tuesday night. The garbage contract was approved by council at an Oct. 14 meeting.

Residential quarterly rates rise from $40 this year to $45 in 2014, then they will remain the same through the life of the $3.89 million contract through Dec. 31, 2018.

City Manager Alex Graziani said the community will continue to receive garbage revenues with those rates.

“Those are good for the city. Those maintain what we need,” he said.

The cost of stickers for bags in excess of trash cans at the curb will rise from 33 cents to 40 cents each.

Council approved the measure 6-1, with Councilman Fabain Giovannagelo voting against.

In other business, council approved the advertisement of the vacant seat created with Councilwoman Rosie Wolford's apparent election as mayor on Nov. 5.

Applicants will serve two years to fill the remainder of the term held by Wolford, who was first elected in 2011 to a four-year seat.

Council approved a contract for winter snow removal, which includes clearing sidewalks and plowing parking lots.

Barclay Excavating of Blairsville was awarded the contract, which does not set a total amount, but instead is determined by the type of equipment and time required with each winter event, said Public Works Director Joe Bush.

In the past, the total has varied from about $10,000 in mild years to closer to $40,000 with heavy snow events when disposal required extra equipment.

Latrobe public works employees are still responsible for plowing streets and salting parking lots, Bush said.

Council approved the city vacating a 40-foot portion of Avenue B at a dead end where Carpenter Latrobe Specialty Metals has purchased the surrounding properties.

In a 5-1-1 vote, with Giovannagelo voting against and Wolford abstaining, the alley will now be the responsibility of the manufacturing business.

Giovannagelo said he voted against the measure and the garbage rates because he did not have time to properly prepare before the meeting.

Council approved the increase of some administrative fees incurred at City Hall, such as tax certification letters and event permits.

The increases will help the city more evenly match the fees to the real costs of the services provided, Graziani said.

“It's a way to get fee for services that a lot of local governments strive for,” he said.

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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