GARDEN PLAIN: City approves trash collection ordinance

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the March 16 print edition of The Times-Sentinel. Subscribe to get weekly coverage of Garden Plain news, including city and school news, delivered to your mailbox. Call 316-540-0500.

GARDEN PLAIN – At its meeting last Wednesday, the Garden Plain City Council took two last steps toward instituting franchised trash service for residences in the city.

The body unanimously approved an ordinance approving such service, then approved a proposal from Waste Connections for that company to provide solid waste collection and disposal.

Residential customers who use trash haulers other than Waste Connections will not have to switch providers until September 2018, since state law requires Garden Plain to provide an 18-month window for other businesses to “wrap up.”

According to the proposal, Waste Connections will charge $13.50 per month per residence for wkeely curbside trash service, plus single stream recycling service every other week. The rate will not remain constant for the first two years of service, with 2 percent increases in years three, four and five.

The agreement is not final, and the rate could change between now and the start of franchised service, according to city clerk Kim McCormick.

Waste Connections will provide free waste and recycling service to city-owned buildings, and will also provide cart service for the city’s Fourth of July celebration, according to the proposal.

In other business:

• The Garden Plain Chamber of Commerce asked the city to split the cost of new Main Street Christmas lights. The city agreed to pay $2,544 toward decorations by Creative Displays, Inc., of Stillwell, Kan. Three each of candy canes, snowflakes, angels and Christmas trees are to be purchased.

The new decorations will replace the ones the city has used in the past.

• The council agreed to request more information from TowerPoint Capital, a company that buys cell phone tower leases in exchange for structured payments.

• The council agreed to look for part-time summer mowing help.

• The council voted to spend $6,053 on a new pump for the sewer plant. City employee Art Wolfe informed the council of three additional items that will need to be purchased soon.

• McCormick told the council that some more real estate parcels will be up for auction soon. Garden Plain’s land bank could bid on them.