LEESBURG, Ga. -- City of Leesburg residents who depend on Veolia Environmental Services for collection of their trash will see their rates increase by $2.50 in November.
Leesburg City Council members voted unanimously to increase the monthly trash pickup fee from $17 to $19.50 starting next month.
City Clerk Casey Moore pointed out that Veolia presently charges the city $16.63 per household for the weekly trash collection. The 37-cent difference is used to cover administrative costs and as a hedge against a few uncollected accounts.
Starting in November, Moore said Veolia will begin charging the City $19.12 per month for each customer, both residential and commercial. The new fee still gives the city 38 cents per account to cover additional expenses.
Commissioner Bob Wilson stressed that the city of Leesburg is not raising collection rates to increase its revenue, but simply to meet the increase being passed along by its vendor.
The council delayed action on a couple of other items on the agenda relating to trash pickup.
The city currently has about 90 customers who are allowed a deep discount on their trash collection bill because they are elderly and either single or widowed and living on fixed incomes. They now pay just $2 per month for the trash service.
There was discussion to raise that rate to $5 per month, but the council decided to further discuss the matter and perhaps clarify the requirements for being on the discounted list.
Council members also talked about the possibility of adding a charge for debris pickup. No action was taken. Currently, residents can have their yard debris picked up each month without a separate charge.
Meanwhile, the council went into executive session for almost an hour during the monthly meeting Tuesday night. The stated reason for the closed session was personnel.
When the council came back into regular, open session, it voted to advertise for the Public Works director and a maintenance supervisor positions.
Commissioner Debra Long said both positions are now vacant following the retirement of maintenance supervisor Randy Kirby.