Patterson to contract garbage fee study
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Oct 03, 2013 | 734 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Patterson City Council agreed 4-0 September 17 to contract out a study of how much the city charges residents to pick up garbage every week.

Councilwoman Deborah Novelli was absent.

The fees vary depending on whether the sanitation user is a residential customer or a commercial user.

The city’s five-year plan to increase revenue and reduce a deficit in the city’s garbage fund expires this fiscal year in June 2014.

The cost analysis study went to Bartle Wells Associates of Berkeley, and the study could cost as much as $9,800. That money will come out of the garbage fund, and the fee analysis was already budgeted.

Currently, a resident pays $28.01 a month for a residential tote to have garbage hauled away.

City Manager Rod Butler said Thursday, Sept. 26 that the city wasn’t looking to make profits, but simply keep the garbage fund “healthy.”

According to a staff report prepared by Public Works Director Mike Willett, the fund covers the cost of garbage, street sweeping and alley maintenance.

He stated in the report that the fund has been in the positive and has never run a deficit over the last two years.

An agreement between Bertolotti Disposal and the city also ends in 2014, with the city negotiating a new contract for garbage removal.

Bartle Wells Associates has done previous work with the city with regards to sewer and water rates.

According to a letter from Bartle Wells Associates, the company plans to review current fees and needs, survey garbage fees in surrounding cities, develop revenue and expense projections, put together a preliminary rate recommendation and return to the city council for a presentation on the fees, while preparing public notice materials.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.
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