King City City Council reluctantly approves Pride Disposal's request
The King City City Council on Sept. 4 unanimously approved new rates requested by Pride Disposal.
Mike Leichner, president of Pride Disposal, originally made a presentation to the council at its Aug. 21 meeting to request increases in some monthly fees and compactor haul fees plus to establish rates for medical waste collection.
"As we discussed when we met earlier this spring, our costs have increased over the last several years, and the recycling markets have dropped in value, which also impacts our results," Leichner wrote in a July 18 letter to City Manager Dave Wells.
"Since 2010 we have increased the per-pick-up disposal charge to reflect our increased disposal fees at the landfill most years but are not requesting a per-pickup fee increase this year as Metro's increase is projected to be 10 cents per ton.
"(But) due to the increased operating expenses and drop in the recycling market, we are requesting a 75-cent increase in the monthly fee that covers our cost of operations."
The council asked Leichner to return to its Sept. 4 meeting in order to ask more questions about the proposed increases, and then voted 4 to 1 to approve the new rates.
The monthly flat-rate fee increases from $11.97 to $12.72; subscription yard-debris service with garbage service increases from $1.98 to $2.50, and subscription yard-debris service without garbage service increases from $2.35 to $3.10.
Other services will go up slightly per occurrence, such as a small extra bag pick-up increasing from $2 to $2.12, and extra yard debris (up to 32 gallons) going from $1.37 to $1.45
Leichner went on to say that while Pride Disposal is not requesting rate increases for 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-yard drop-box containers, the compactor fee is increasing from $102 to $133, and the rental fee for a drop box with lid will be $8.50.
Pride also is establishing rates for medical waste collection for the first time after previously following Washington County rates, charging $28.20 for on-site pickup, $13.76 for the disposal cost of a 17-to-31-gallon unit, and $14.65 for a 43-gallon unit.
In other business, the council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution endorsing the Southwest Corridor Plan and an implementation strategy.
The Metro Council has identified the Southwest Corridor as the region's top priority for consideration of a high-capacity transit investment, and the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee adopted a charter agreeing to use a collaborative approach to develop the plan and an implementation strategy.
The King City resolution states that the city will "support the Southwest Corridor land-use vision and address current and future transportation needs."