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City garbage pickup rates to increase

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Rumpke reaches five-year extension with city government

By Linda Ireland

Beginning Nov. 1, city residents will pay $2 more per month for weekly garbage pickup.

In a special meeting Aug. 26, Hodgenville City Council voted to extend the current contract with Rumpke for five years. The decision was unanimous.

Residential customers will pay $11.81 per month; senior citizens will pay $10.87 per month. Rumpke will negotiate rates for multi-family dwellings. The rates are guaranteed for two years and no monthly fuel surcharge will be added to the bills.

After that, Rumpke is permitted to increase rates annually.

In addition, residents will be allowed to set out one large item each week “to help prevent a backlog of debris throughout the year,” said Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse. Spring cleanup day, which is usually reserved for large items, will not be held in the city.

The items should weigh no more than 75 pounds, according to Michael Sweeten, municipal representative for Rumpke. Furniture such as chairs or couches, mattresses, water heaters  and some appliances can be set out.

The only exception is appliances containing refrigerants, such as Freon. Any air conditioner, freezer or refrigerator must have coolant removed by certified personnel before they will be picked up, Sweeten said.

Rumpke workers will pick up the unit only if it has a special sticker stating the coolant has been removed.

Up to 10 bags of leaves will be picked up each week in the fall.

Cruse said several Rumpke customers have complained of delays in receiving replacement garbage totes in case of a move or a broken container. The new contract provides for several extra totes to be available from the city, so customers will not have to wait for Rumpke to deliver one.

Rumpke will also pay a 4 percent franchise fee to the city each month with a floor of $600. The city will keep at least $100 for administrative fees; $500 will be given to the solid waste coordinator program. The city will continue to bill customers for garbage pickup on water bills.

Sweeten said Rumpke is furnishing free garbage pickup to all city government buildings including the fire department, LaRue County Fairgrounds and Senior Citizens Center.

Rumpke will no longer be a sponsor of Lincoln Days. For the past four years, Rumpke has sponsored Pioneer Games by donating $2,500 to the festival.

“We’ll be making other contributions,” Sweeten said. Rumpke will provide up to 20 totes on the square during the festival and a dumpster at Creekfront Park.

Cruse said the city receives few complaints about Rumpke’s service.

“Overall, I think this is a good contract,” Cruse said. “Our obligation was to provide the citizens of Hodgenville with the best price and I think that’s what we did.”

Monthly garbage

pickup rates for

surrounding

 communities

Hodgenville – $11.81

Bardstown – $13.25

Hart County – $15

Munfordville – $15

LaRue County – $15.20

Leitchfield – $17

Elizabethtown – $18