The Times West Virginian

May 15, 2013

Rivesville council votes to hike garbage rates

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The town council of Rivesville unanimously passed an ordinance raising garbage rates for residents following its second reading at the monthly meeting May 7.

The ordinance will take effect on bills beginning in July.

Mayor Jim Hershman said the council tabled discussion on a potential paving fee that it was debating attaching to the ordinance. The council did not see a rise in attendance from people coming to oppose the rate increase.

Under the ordinance, garbage pickup will remain twice weekly, but the bag limit will drop from five to four bags, with a 40-pound limit per bag. The price will increase from $12 to $17 a month, which Hershman said still compares favorably with the county average of $20 for once-weekly pickup.

Class A pickups will go from $25 to $33 a month, Class B from $55 to $63, Class C from $180 to $240 and Class C with three pickups is going from $240 to $300 a month. School pickups were raised to meet the county average at $500.

The ordinance also includes a possible inflationary cost of up to 3 percent a year on council approval and a Dumpster fee raise from $20 to $25.

The rate increases were designed to help solve some of the town’s budgetary problems stemming from the closure of the Rivesville Power Plant last year.

The town’s water project continues to move along, Hershman said.

“Bob Riggs and Trevor (Waters) found a major water leak running under the railroad tracks,” he said.

Despite the recent replacement of a majority of water lines in the town, the water department was still experiencing a much higher rate of water loss than it had hoped. Hershman said he expects the two leaks the department found likely account for the better part of the water loss.

“We have one repaired, and we’re planning for the other Thursday,” he said.

Council members will be traveling to Charleston May 28 with Region VI for a meeting to advocate the town’s request for a grant to install a larger water line connecting Fairmont and Rivesville.

Representatives from the agency said the odds of getting the grant the first year are slim, but Hershman is hopeful that the project will be approved sooner rather than later.

The next regular council meeting will be June 4, the first Tuesday of the month.

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