HEADS UP: Recycling plan is back for final review

Heads Up is a weekly column that previews upcoming city government meetings in Grand Forks. 

After a discussion-filled summer, Grand Forks recycling program disappeared from the stoplight after City Council — with a tie-braking vote thrown in from Mayor Mike Brown — voted not to expand the service.

Now, the city’s new recycling program contract with Waste Management designating a continued level of service will be reviewed by the council’s Service/Safety Committee on Tuesday.

Most things will stay the same under the new contract — except the recycling fee.

That fee will increase by 10 cents to $2.52 per month on residents’ utility bills. An expansion would have increased the fee to about $3.90 per month.

Fees are expected to increase yearly. Here’s breakdown for a single-family residence.

Under the contract, the city also will continue to provide new residents and those requesting replacement, one 18-gallon recycling bin per year.

Residents will still be allowed to put their recyclables in a container of their choice so long as it is durable and weighs less than 40 pounds when placed out for collection.

If approved by the committee and full council, the contract would begin on Jan. 1, 2014 extend until Dec. 31, 2018.

The Service/Safety Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.

 Shadyridge annexation dispute

Also coming back for another round of discussion is a petition from residents of Shadyridge Court, a neighborhood located just south of Grand Forks and outside of city limits.

The neighborhood is up for annexation on Jan. 1, 2014, a date set in an agreement signed between the city and the landowner in 1996.

At the council’s Finance/Development Committee meeting two weeks ago, a law was unearthed they may spell bad news for the residents — depending on how you interpret it.

The dispute could come down to an attorney general opinion.

There are a few conclusions the opinion could find. The first is it could affirm the effective date of the annexation agreement, which could be 1996, when the annexation agreement was recorded, or 2014.

If the effective date of the agreement is found to be 1996, a state law correcting the omission of property from the tax rolls could leave the residents liable for city property taxes from 1996 onward.

The Finance/Development Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.

One thought on “HEADS UP: Recycling plan is back for final review

  1. Maybe the increase could be counterbalanced by the elimination of the mosquito spraying except for the 3 months when people benefit from it.

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