The Rockland City Council is scheduled Monday, Feb. 1 to discuss ways to generate more revenues from the city’s solid waste operations.

City Manager Rosemary Kulow said it will be a brain-storming session that will look at different options such as raising the permit fee for commercial haulers or charging commercial haulers a per ton fee.

The subject is being raised because of the anticipated reduction in state revenue sharing for the city. The city manager informed councilors earlier this month that she expected the city would receive $226,000 less in state revenue sharing than had been projected in the 2009-2010 municipal budget.

The cost of the solid waste department is the third greatest expense in city government at slightly more than $1.4 million. Only the police ($1.8 million) and public works ($1.6 million) budgets are greater.

Of the expenses, the single largest expense within the solid waste budget is the $415,000 that is paid to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation. City trash is trucked to the PERC incinerator in Orrington where it is burned.

Back in 2006, the City Council adopted a per ton fee for commercial haulers as well as a per bag fee for residents who use the transfer station. A group of citizens launched a petition drive and in June 2006, voters repealed the ordinance on a 959-479 vote before it took effect. Much of the criticism was aimed at the pay-per-bag component of the ordinance.

In 2006, the proposed fee for commercial haulers was $95 per ton.

The city charges commercial haulers an annual fee of $50 if the business is from Rockland. Businesses outside of Rockland pay $250 per year for a commercial dumping fee.

Five companies have permits to dump at the Rockland facility.

The Monday, Feb. 1 City Council meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on government access Channel 22 in the local cable system.