Garbage rates going up about a dollar

The Sherwood City Council has approved raising both residential and commercial garbage collection rates beginning next year.

On Nov. 19, the council approved allowing Pride Disposal, the city’s garbage hauler, to charge the higher rates following a recommendation by a consultant to allow the company an aggregate profit rate of 9 percent.

That means residents with a 20-gallon cart will begin paying $21.52 a month for service (a 97 cent increase over the current $20.55 rate) and $23.65 (a $1.06 increase over the current $22.59 rate) for a 35-gallon cart.

Current rates have been in place since 2009.

Mayor Bill Middleton was the lone "no" vote on the measure, later explaining it was part of a campaign promise not to raise taxes.

Walmart construction permits issued

On Nov. 8, the city issued building construction permits for the new Sherwood Walmart store. Plans are to build the 150,000-square-foot superstore off of Langer Farms Parkway in a new retail-shopping complex known as Parkway Village at Sherwood.

Although the store’s contractor had said construction tentatively would begin on Nov. 13, as of Nov. 19 nothing had officially begun, according to city planners.

Completion of the store is expected in 2014.

Meanwhile, as of Nov. 18, a group hoping to limit 24-hour businesses in Sherwood had collected 300 of a needed 1,011 signatures sought to place a measure on an upcoming ballot in an effort to keep Walmart from staying open all night. Walmart superstores generally are open 24 hours a day.

Council approves charter group

The Sherwood City Council has approved forming a city charter review committee, signing off on its makeup during a Nov. 19 meeting.

Members of the committee will include:

Citizen at-large members: Jennifer Kuiper, Pat Allen, Bob Silverforb and Renee Brouse (as an alternate).

City boards and commissions members: Beth Cooke, Sherwood Planning Commission; Brian Stecher, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee; Jack Hoffbuhr, Library Advisory Board; Alyse Vordermark, Cultural Arts Commission; Charles Harbick, SURPAC; and Neil Shannon, Sherwood Budget Committee.

The committee is expected to meet monthly and forward any suggested charter changes to the council with the potential to place them on the May 2014 ballot.

The last time the city changed its charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution, was in 2005.

Sherwood’s growing (well, a little)

Recently released statistics complied by Portland State University’s Research Center show that Sherwood added 310 new residents over the last year. From July 1, 2012, to July 2013, the city grew from 18,265 to 18,575 residents, or by 1.70 percent.

Statewide, 35,290 residents were added to the Beaver State over the same time period.

Meanwhile, Sherwood’s neighbor to the east saw a significant jump in residents. Within the course of a year, Wilsonville’s population grew by 1,035 people, from 20,515 to 21,550 for a 5.05 percent increase.

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