Oxford approves rate hike for trash collection

Published 5:28 am Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Oxford residents and business owners will soon see a rise in their trash collection bill after the Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the first rate hike in 10 years on Tuesday.

Residential trash collection will go up from $18 a month to $21 a month.

Environmental Services Superintendent Amberlyn Liles presented the changes earlier this month during a first reading of the proposed ordinance change. On Tuesday, a public hearing was held on the rate hike and no one spoke out for or against the change.

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Generally, the aldermen have three readings of any new ordinance or amended ordinance; however, they are only required by law to have two readings, as long as the second one is a public hearing.

The proposed increase would bring in an additional $182,839 in revenue.

Increases for dumpster collections were also approved. Currently the rate for trash collection from an 8-yard dumpster once a week is $87 a month. In the proposed rate change, it would $100 a month.

Pickup rates for recycling dumpsters will increase from $30 to $35 a month for once-a-week pickup for 8-yard dumpsters and from $107 a month for 10-yard Dumpster to $123 for once-a-week pickup.

The rate increase will go into effect in 30 days.

In other business Tuesday, the board:

•Adopted proclamations declaring Sept. 30, 2017, as “Lake McLarty Elliott Day,” in honor of the 105-year-old former first lady of Oxford; declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week and declaring Oxford as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

•Accepted a bid for $140,000 for new Municipal Court software

•Approved a brown-bag permit for Moe’s Original BBQ

•Approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Oxford Police Department and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office for the two agencies to work together in an effort to stop internet crimes against children

•Approved a final plat amendment for Cedar Bend subdivision

•Approved a final plat amendment for Grand Oaks, Phase 3

•Approved the final plat for Isom Hill subdivision

•Approved sending a completed environmental study on West Oxford Loop extension to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for their review.