Council to decide budget, vote on trash fees June 30

By Daniel Dunkle | Jun 26, 2014
Source: File photo Mayor Larry Pritchett

Rockland — The Rockland City Council is set to hold a public hearing and vote on adoption of the proposed $10.54 million 2015 general fund budget during its meeting set to start 7 p.m., Monday, June 30 at City Hall in the council chambers.

According to the agenda documents, the total gross budget for the city, including $8.7 million in intergovernmental costs is $19.5 million. The net budget, or that paid for through property tax will be $15.7 million.

The council will also vote on whether to adopt a new fee schedule for the city's Solid Waste Disposal Facility effective July 1.

Residential users who bring trash to the transfer station on Limerock Street would go from buying an annual dump sticker to paying $2.25 per 33-gallon bag of trash, or $1.50 per 22-gallon bag, or 75 cents for a 12-gallon bag.



Comments (12)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 27, 2014 21:01

Reitman - Your comments speak volumes.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jun 27, 2014 15:01

"Most who serve believe they have the best interests of the governed at heart and are far wiser - or they wouldn't run for office or attempt appointments otherwise..."  That is such a naive statement.  Look what is happening in DC with that "Sugar Daddy" President.


Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jun 27, 2014 14:44

"City Father's" is an expression used by people, like me, who grew up in the hollows of Appalachia in Southeastern Ohio close to the Kentucky, West Virginia border.  "City Mother's"... my gosh it is so funny how  POLITICAL CORRECTNESS gets into the conversations.  I guess some people are so afraid they will be seen as sexist if they don't bring the opposite sex in the conversation.  As Dr. Ben Carson says, "Be Careful of The PC Police."

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 27, 2014 10:55

"City fathers."  An interesting term.  Even if "City mothers," residents cannot over vest the Council or the City government with parental wisdom and protections. Most who serve believe they have have the best interests of the governed at heart and are far wiser - or they wouldn't run for office or attempt appointments otherwise.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jun 27, 2014 09:29

Mr. York your suggestion sounds like a reasonable compromise for the dump fees.  For myself I would rather pay a dump fee on a yearly basis like we have been doing but I am beginning to realize that the City fathers are going to do what they want to do regardless of what the citizens want.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 27, 2014 09:24

I remember in Hope in the 50's when we bulldozed a big hole in our pasture and dumped our trash there, mixed at that, and when full filled the hole in. We did not have special dumps at that time. Now it seems to be big business. I sympathize with the towns' problems. I actually thought with recycling it was a done deal. Upon reading comments, I was wrong.

Mickey McKeever

Posted by: James York | Jun 26, 2014 23:45

I hope council uses some sense here: Paying per bag = more illegal dumping, a less clean city, more disillusionment with local government, and a higher direct tax that will disproportionately affect working class families who are already under the squeeze of stagnant wages and the city's high mil rate. Didn't we just shoot this down a few years ago?   Lets see if we can find a way to do a longer term plan on dump sticker increases: $75, $100,  $130 over the next 3 years? and lets see where we are at.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 26, 2014 20:37

Make that two years.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 26, 2014 20:22

PJ - I wouldn't be throwing out glass but the transfer station has not been recycling it for over a year.  I could try making a glass shed with bottles, but I don't have the skill.  How could you not know that glass isn't being recycled?


I don't want to purchase an thick orange, non-degradable bag.  I would either continue to use the filmy grocery bags, or want to dump the trash directly into the hopper.  Believe me, Robinsons's etc., will be contacted for rates.

Posted by: PJ Walter | Jun 26, 2014 19:53

Maggie, please explain your comment?  Materials will still be recycled as they have been in the past.  The change now will be that your non recyclables that you used to put in a regular garbage bag purchased at a store will now go in an orange bag purchased at the transfer station.  Why would you be throwing out glass?

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 26, 2014 17:33

Someone please present an argument that a Public Hearing on the city budget iat this stage is anything more than a legal requirement.


As to trash, I take it that it will be best to pound glass with a hammer, since it is no longer recyclable at the transfer station, so as to maximize space in the nondegradable special plastic bags.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 26, 2014 17:04

Yes, there will be a tax increase.


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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.


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