Brian Cornelius, division sales manager with Allied Waste, told the council that his company tries “to stay involved in the community as much as we can,” citing its support of Feast for Humanity as an example.
Cornelius said the company would guarantee this year’s prices until 2010 if the contract was renewed. The historic length of contracts has been five years since the town turned over trash collection in 1993.
The representative said Allied Waste could offer prices on other services such as recycling on a take it or leave it basis as long as the contract is in place. Should the city go out for bids on garbage collection, “It’s out of our hands,” Cornelius said, suggesting that the rates could go up substantially.
“The trend I’ve seen is that communities are paying as much for one pick up each week as you pay for two,” he said.
Mayor Rey Jaso said that complaints about garbage pickup are almost nonexistent.
Councilman Ron Nelson also complimented Cornelius for the courteous and careful workers on his block.
“You couldn’t ask for better people,” he said.
“What are y’all’s plans concerning automation,” asked Councilman Garrett Engelking.
Cornelius said, according to the age of the trucks being used in Refugio, automation will come between five and 10 years in the future.
In other matters, the council: Approved a $1,568.80 request from hotel-motel tax money, presented by Capt. Don Foxhall of VFW Post 6290, for advertising of a gun show.