Morgan City garbage pickup rates to jump 50%
MORGAN CITY, La — The city’s residential garbage pick-up rates are scheduled to increase by 50 percent after the council approved an ordinance at its monthly meeting Tuesday.
The rates for residential can pick-up are scheduled to go from $12 per month to $18 per month.
Rates will increase 15 days from when the new rates are advertised in the newspaper, Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said.
The $18 per month rate for residential cans includes the parish landfill charge of about $5, Grizzaffi said at the June council meeting.
The ordinance had been introduced at the June council meeting, and also gets rid of the city’s commercial dumpster garbage collection, and raises commercial residential-size can garbage pick-up rates to about $23 per month, which includes the landfill charge.
Notices have already been sent out to people who use the city’s commercial size dumpsters informing them that they have until Aug. 25 to find a private dumpster pick-up service, Grizzaffi said.
Grizzaffi encouraged people who use the city’s dumpsters to go ahead and make the switch to a private dumpster collection service, he said.
The city opened bids Monday to buy garbage trucks to replace the trucks the city is using right now. City Public Works Director Mike Loupe is going to look at the trucks two companies have released bids on, and will purchase the “best available trucks we can buy for $400,000” probably next week, Grizzaffi said.
The trucks then have to be inspected by state police before they can be used on the roads, Grizzaffi said.
Also at the meeting, Matt Ledet of T. Baker Smith gave an update of the progress on the industrial road south of the railroad tracks in Morgan City that has been in the works since 2005.
For about two years, work to get the road built stopped and recently started back up, Councilman Ron Bias said.
The project is “stalemated” over a property dispute with Union Pacific Railroad, Grizzaffi said.
Union Pacific has some pieces of property from Second Street to Railroad Avenue that it does not want to give up because that would leave the railroad with irregular-shaped plots of land, Ledet said. The city needs about 75 feet of property to create a right of way for the industrial road, Ledet said.
The reason for building the industrial road is to get the waste trucks that come through the community to take this alternate road after people complained about the smell and waste getting on the roads, Bias said.
Bias asked that he, Grizzaffi, T. Baker Smith, and residents south of the railroad tracks have a meeting to try to expedite the road being completed, he said.
In other business, the council
—Accepted substantial completion of the city’s water treatment plant generator.
—Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau to describe the mutual goals and responsibilities with regard to funds payable out of the State General Fund.
—Approved the allocation of $8,823.50 to purchase five crosswalks, which are not connected to the Historic District, for the city’s Main Street Program.
—Authorized Grizzaffi to sign a cooperative endeavor agreement with Drainage District 2 once both parties are pleased and the council reviews it.
—Approved a resolution of respect for Bill Robertson of Minden, who recently died, and had been a “friend” of Morgan City anytime there was a hurricane or emergency event, Grizzaffi said.
—Approved a Class A Liquor and Beer permit for Francis M. Martinez of La Negra LLC.