AP residents could pay for trash pickup

Sunday Times Newspaper

ALLEN PARK – Residents may soon have to pay for trash pickup.

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, councilors cited a $200,000 shortfall in solid waste funds to continue weekly garbage pickup in the current fiscal year.

Councilors received bids with several collection options from two companies, one of which, Republic Waste Services, currently handles the city’s trash pickup. But the $1.9 million the city collects in taxes for rubbish falls short of paying for any of the options.

Continuing weekly trash pickup would cost the city about $6.9 million over five years, creating a $200,000 annual shortfall; switching to biweekly pickup would cost about $6.5 million over that period and would result in a shortfall of about $125,000.

Councilors estimated they may need about $40 per year for each resident to make up the shortfall.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Councilman Bob Keenan said, “but if this council is not in favor of the fee, I don’t see how we do it.”

He also said he didn’t personally agree with the change, but saw no other option.

“You can’t be against everything and not come up with a plan on how to pay for it,” he said. “We don’t have the money to make up the shortfall. Several of us — myself included — don’t want to see a charge, but its inevitable.”

The council will further discuss the issue at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.