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Thorsby raises garbage rates

Published 10:03pm Monday, August 15, 2011

The Thorsby Town Council voted Monday night to raise the monthly garbage rate from $13 to $15, effective Oct. 1.

Mayor Dearl Hilyer said the average monthly expense for providing the service was $14.54 per month per customer.

“The cost of fuel has gone up, and the cost to dump at the transfer station has gone up,” Hilyer said.

Councilwoman Tara Jewell was initially concerned about raising the rates for the second consecutive year. Others, however, felt the town had no choice.

“It needs to be at least breaking even,” said Councilman Marvin Crumpton.

The council also established a rental tax, which will be effective Sept. 1. The tax will be levied on anything rented and delivered within city limits.

“It’s not mega bucks, but it is some income that’s escaping us,” Hilyer said.

The amount taxed on items such as linens, garments and other personal property will be 3 percent. The amount on autos and semi-trailers, however, would be 1.5 percent, Hilyer said.

In other business, the council:

•Accepted the resignation of Gerald Mims from the police department; Mims is serving in Afghanistan.

•Certified that the town is compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which allows the town to receive federal grant money for items such as computers.

•Set a public hearing on the pre-application of a land/water grant to construct a splash park in Richard Wood Park for Monday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Town Annex.

•Voted to rehire I.H. McNeill, P.C., to do the town’s annual audit for no more than $15,000.

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  • myopinion2

    Ha! on fairgrandmother’s comment…that was funny!

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  • fairygrandmother

    Rickey, What do you pay in Californication for garbage pick up?

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  • Rickey

    Any business that is in business is in business to MAKE A PROFIT. Otherwise, there is absolutely no point in being in business (unless you’re a charity). The person who drives the garbage truck has to be paid; the gas in the garbage truck has to be purchased (not to mention the oil and the wear and tear on the truck; tires etc.) the dumping fees have to be paid … and all this is done at no profit? Stop embarrassing yourself! Clearly millions and millions don’t roll in, but there is a profit in there somewhere. It’s got to be profitable otherwise it wouldn’t be worth doing. Economics 101.

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    • rjjr

      I don’t get it Rickey, one minute you’re telling us that we need to support the Mayor and in the next you’re criticizing him for what he said??

      A city needs revenue to provide basic services to it people. A city’s sole revenue is not in garbage pick up however that service should be fiscally self substantiating, agreed?

      I’ve enjoyed debating with you…please try to stay on point.

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      • rjjr

        Forgive my error in spelling. Please strike “self substantiating” and make it “self sustainable”

        I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote that….I guess I was just in complete shock when you turned on the Mayor???

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  • Dearl Hilyer

    Only in the City of Clanton will you pay less for your garbage to be picked up. We are the only other municipality in the county that offers limb/debris removal. We are not for profit but we must at least break even on services offered. We are the cheapest per 10k gallons of water sold and as I said 2nd to clanton on garbage fees, 2nd to Clanton on the lowest property tax charged also.I feel the Town has always done a good job of serving its citizens while keeping the cost down.

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  • Rickey

    This ain’t got nothing to do with the topic, so ya’ll forgive me, please. But somebody on here has got a birthday coming up. I ain’t gone drop no names but I wish her the very, very best and many more to come.
    P.S.
    Ya’lls hint was that the person whose having a birthday soon is a she. I ain’t saying nothing else :)

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  • kittycreek

    I’ve been paying $25.00 per month for about two years for my, private company, garbage pick up. Not to say that rates should be raised in Thorsby but folks in more rural areas pay more. Of course there is more travel between paying households to consider.

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  • Rickey

    I see rjjr’s point … I really do. And the imagine created is a valid one — but it is only an image, nevertheless. People who know all the answers and know how to spend the public’s money and know how to run the country DON’T DO IT. And not only do they not do it, they generally make absolutely no effort at it. What they do, and what they do best, is sit back a whine and complain. Write you represenative (on every level) and let that person know how you feel, otherwise they got to make decisions without you. Cancel that idea that your voice don’t count; subtract yourself from that falsehood that YOU can not make a difference (I ain’t referring to nobody in particular). Is in particular one word or two?
    Anyway, in this day and age it does seem kinda silly that the topic of a water park would even be on the list of considerations. I’m just saying!

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  • Rickey

    The vote is always one’s personal choice and this is where your voice counts! I, for one, don’t mind somebody else coming to pick up my garbage and then hauling it to God knows where and then dumping it … and all for a few dollars a month. There is a fee for dumping garbage; there is maintaince on the garbage truck (wear and tear) there is gas to be purchased (not cheap these days) and the gargage collector has to get paid as well, for doing his or her job! They got a family to feed like most of us. So I ain’t gonna biddle over a few dollars increase. Just my opinion!

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    • rjjr

      I agree, a few dollar increase is not a big issue to those who can afford it. But in the same breath they, the mayor and council, want to explore adding a major expenditure on a toy? How about we explore something that adds value to our city’s tax base?

      i.e. commercial redevelopment?

      In “downtown” Thorsby, there is an entire block and a half of store frontage that is vacant and should be condemned, demolished, and redeveloped into store frontage that is useful. Doing that would not only improve our towns image, but furthermore, would bring in JOBS and tax revenue for the city.

      In short, the blatant waste of money on something as foolish as a splash park is ridiculous. This is why our economy sucks and our national debt grows evermore astronomical with each passing minute.

      It seems that our government just doesn’t care to do the right thing ever….unless it’s for something that waste money or something for another country!

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  • rjjr

    Raising rates and taxes, then they want to build a water splash park!?! This is pure insanity! I can think of a thousand much more USEFUL things that Thorsby needs. Who’s idea was this? They need to be voted out!!!

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