PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

August 27, 2013

Solid waste rates to increase in Nederland

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND —  Solid waste rates in the City of Nederland are set to increase by $2.20 per month.

The increase will have the solid waste portion of utility bills move from $17.25 per month to $19.45 per month and will bring in an additional $125,000 in revenue. The additional funding will help offset the cost of purchasing two new trucks for the solid waste department.

Nederland City Council approved the increase during Monday’s meeting which was held at the Marion and Ed Hughes Public Library due to construction at the current city hall.

Chris Duque, city manager, said the trucks have become more expensive in the last five years due to stricter emission standards. The City will be replacing a 2001 truck and a 2005 truck at a cost of about $270,000 each.

“We are trying to avoid a situation where we do not have enough trucks,” Duque said.  

The City of Port Arthur was in such a position last summer when a majority of its fleet went down. Two Mid-County cities stepped up to assist the garbage truck crisis.

Duque said the City renegotiated their landfill contract as well as green waste disposal contract in order to keep costs down.

The new fee will go into effect on Oct. 1.

Along with the new ordinance regarding utility rates the City is also changing the fee associated with tampering with the locks on water meters. The fee will go from $50 to $200 because of recent problems. The City also files charges for persons tampering with the locks.

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