Two-tier dump-fee system proposed

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What the rates will be and how a two-tier dump-fee system might work are matters up for further discussion at city hall.During Monday's executive committee meeting, the engineering department presenting a report regarding proposed landfill rate adjustments recommended to begin Nov. 1.

However, the majority of the committee approved a tabling motion on the matter recommended by Coun. Brian Swanson. Only Coun. Heather Eby and Mayor Glenn Hagel voted in opposition

Administration is proposing the city adopt a two-tier system, whereby those within Moose Jaw would pay a lower rate than those who use the city dump from elsewhere.

"One is for the people living in the City of Moose Jaw, the other is for those outside Moose Jaw," city engineer Mokles Rahman said during Monday's meeting.

According to the recommendations, while currently the rate for standard waste per tonne at the landfill is $35, the proposed change (on Nov. 1) would see Moose Javians paying $36 for that same amount, while non-Moose Javians would pay $45.

On July 1, 2012, according to the administration recommendation, the rate would increase to $37 for Moose Javians and $46 for non-Moose Javians.

On Jan. 1, 2012, that amount would increase to $38 for Moose Javians and $47 for non-Moose Javians.

While not opposed to changes, Swanson did express various concerns and would like the landfill-fee matter considered further before council makes a final decision. For example, he said he would like the city to look into options for enforcing a two-tier system other than city dump staff checking everyone's identification for proof of address.

He said a system whereby businesses could purchase stickers indicating they can dump in Moose Jaw at the lower price might make better sense.

Swanson also wants the city to consider a single rate increase, rather than multiple small increases just a few months apart from each other.

Speaking in agreement, Coun. Don Mitchell said a single increase makes sense, because it saves on the trouble of constantly educating the public of new fees and trying to enforce the changes multiple times.

Carter Haydu can be reached at 691-1265

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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