City to limit convenience center use

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By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Oct. 8 will be the last day Henrietta residents can take trash to the city convenience center, located off of Hapgood Park road, following a vote by the Henrietta City Council Monday night.

The council met in a special session for the second public hearing in a request for annexation.

Following a few suggested changes, the council approved City Ordinance 2011-08, regulating operations and rates at the convenience center. The ordinance will become effective Oct. 9, allowing residents to dispose of any items affected by the new rules.

Tree limbs, brush and raw wood, excluding building materials, will still be accepted, but the center’s hours of operation will be shorter. Fees to dump at the center will increase.

Convenience center hours after Oct. 8 will be 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. It will cost $10 to dump a pickup bed, or eight foot, load, and an addition $2 per foot after the eight-feet base rate for trailers.

Old rates, effective through Oct. 8, are $5 for eight feet and $1 for each additional foot.

Because the city leases the roll-off containers from waste management company IESI, and is charged for the roll-off and again for tonnage, the convenience center has operated at a loss for several years. Last year, the city budgeted expenditures of $2,000 each month for the convenience center, but made only a small portion of it back.

Brush can be handled at little cost because it can be managed through burning.

Curbside pickup of refuse not handled by the convenience center, with some exceptions, is offered by IESI. Residents are already paying for the service with a $3 surcharge on water bills.

The annexation request is for the home of K.P. Evans, located at 902 Centennial Parkway. Evans is requesting annexation so that his home can be connected to the city water system.

The council met in closed session to discuss the lease of an easement for construction of a new raw water line from the Little Wichita River to the city lake. The line will follow the path of the existing line, but an addition easement is needed during the building process.

No action was taken.

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