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Rugby garbage rates to increase

By Staff | Jun 9, 2017

Rugby residents will see an increase in their garbage bills.

At a regular meeting Monday evening, the Rugby City Council approved a $0.63 increase in residential garbage pickup rates.

Ronald Volk, Rugby Sanitation’s business manager, asked how the city’s Finance committee came up with a $0.63 figure.

During their May meeting, the committee learned that last year, Rugby Sanitation hauled over 1,700 tons of garbage to the Minot landfill and paid over $62,300 for disposal. Volk had told the committee Rugby Sanitation hauls 26 to 30 tons of residential garbage per week.

Another part of the $2 increase request was based on increases in the Consumer Price Index over the past year. Rugby Sanitation stated that inflationary adjustments could be made based on the CPI not to exceed 5 percent. The inflationary increases would be applicable for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018,

The committee thought $2 was not justified based on the CPI. A motion had been made and carried to increase by $0.63. A prior motion to increase by $0.50 died in committee due to lack of a second.

In April, Rugby Sanitation sent a letter to the city requesting a monthly increase of $2 per residential pickup effective May 1. Per a contract signed Dec. 15, 2013, Rugby Sanitation is allowed to request the city to increase residential rates by an amount equal to an increase in costs to deposit garbage at the Minot Landfill, and the cost reaches $38 or higher. In late December 2016 the City of Minot Public Works Department announced commercial municipal solid waste rates were increasing from $36 per ton to $40 per ton.

(sub.) Council approves LEC agreement

The council also approved a new agreement for the city and Pierce County’s joint Law Enforcement Center.

Ward 3 Councilman Tim Bartsch, Sr., explained that the new agreement would increase the payment from the city for operating expenses and decreases the yearly rental fee.

In the agreement the county would levy a tax to pay for the LEC’s operation, and the city would also pay $3250 per month to the county toward operating expenses. The city would also pay a yearly rental fee of $1,950 for office space, the conference room, breakroom and restrooms.

“The citizens of Rugby deserve the same consideration [as other users of the LEC],” Bartsch said.

Currently the city pays $26,500 for operating expenses and, as of January, pays $14,400 a year in rent. In a meeting of the LEC board in January, board member and Ward 1 Councilman Neil Lotvedt expressed that the $26,500 paid was “double taxation.”

“We do pay our fair share through taxes,” Lotvedt said regarding the new agreement. “They’re [the county] not going to accept this.”

(sub.) Other actions

– The council approved the second reading of Ordinances 406 and 407, which change the sections of the city’s Municipal Code regarding liquor or beer to include server training in the event an establishment fails a compliance check or violates city ordinance. The first offense would entail all employees of an establishment complete server training and the business pay a $150 fine and the cost of the course. The second offense would involve a $500 fine and three days of closure starting at the chief of police’s choosing and not the establishment. The third offense would entail a $750 fine and the establishment’s license being revoked for 30 days. Licenses would be permanently revoked in the event of a fourth offense.

– The council approved the purchase of a 2010 John Deere 35D Mini backhoe to replace the city’s current one.

– The council approved a recommendation by the Finance committee to apply for a State Purchase Card and set up a policy for employees wanting to check out and use it.

– The council approved a special events alcoholic beverage retail permit for the Rugby Eagles for selling at the Pierce County Fairgrounds June 30 through July 2.

– The council approved May meeting minutes, Job Development Authority minutes, Municipal Judge’s report, bills and financial statements.

City Attorney Bill Hartl and Ward 2 Councilman Randy Fossum were absent for the meeting.

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