Hettinger city residents may notice a slight increase in their garbage bills this month.Posted Nov. 29, 2013
By JAMIE SPAINHOWER
Hettinger city residents may notice a slight increase in their garbage bills this month.
This is due to an increase in costs by DUV Sanitation, and the contract it has with the city. At the September City Council Meeting the city was informed the cost of fuel had increased 11 percent, and the landfill use had increased 11 percent, Kenny Knudson told the board. The cost of dumpsters has risen as well. Knudson reported the residential garbage fees in surrounding communities average $20,50 per month. Due to the rising cost, he requested a 12 ½ percent price adjustment to the contract.
It was unanimously carried to enter into a five-year contract with DUV Sanitation and increase the residential to $18 per month, an increase of 2 per month, and increase the commercial dumpster rate by 12 ½ percent. The new rates became effective on Oct. 1, 2013.
Council member Shane Yates stepped down from his position at the last city meeting, and after15 days, anyone interested in filling out the term may send a letter of interest to the city council.
“Pursuant to NDCC 40-08-08, if a vacancy occurs in a city council office by resignation, the city council may call a special city election, to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term, or may, after 15 days of the date of the vacancy appoint a person to fill the vacancy until the next city election. Council Member Drolc moved to appoint someone to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Council Member Yates. Seconded by Council Member Reuther and by vote; Drolc voted aye, Reuther voted aye, Markegard voted aye, and Turner voted aye. Motion carried. The Auditor was authorized to advertise for candidates after the 15-day waiting period,” states the applicable law and excerpt from the Oct. 9 unapproved city meeting.