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January 28, 2009

Gas prices drive up garbage pickup costs

Last year’s high gas prices have prompted an increase in the city’s contract cost for garbage pickup.

The Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety approved the increase of 90 cents per ton of garbage collected by Allied Waste Services of Elkhart at its meeting Monday afternoon.

The increase is an approximately 12.83 percent change to the fuel component for residential solid waste collection, bringing cost per ton collected up to $7.90. The change also affects containers used by the city for projects and events. That cost increased from $175 to $178.21 per container.

Mayor Allan Kauffman discussed the possibility of requesting the price be lowered should the 2009 average fuel cost be lower than that of 2008. As the contract can only be amended once every 12 months, city officials could not apply for the alteration until Jan. 1, 2010.

An increase in the cost of the 2008 asphalt paving project was also approved.

Just under $20,000 was added to the project for changes from the original plan. Those changes included additional paving, extra work to deal with drainage issues and a drive entrance for the Environmental Center.

Appointments

The list of mayoral appointments to city boards and commissions was announced. Jim McKee and Angela McKenna were the only new appointments, seated to complete the terms of Jim Smith and Lovina Rutt, respectively, on the Plan Commission.

Reappointments were as follows:

• Dan Eckelbarger — Alcoholic Beverage Commission

• Mary Lou Hetler — Cemetery Board

• Joe Liechty — Community Relations Commission

• Laura Oyer — Community Relations Commission

• Stuart Meade — Elkhart River Restoration Association

• John King — Plan Commission

• Tom Stark — Redevelopment Commission

• Tom Stump — Redevelopment Commission

• Jeremy Stutsman — Redevelopment Commission

• Krista Daniels — Shade Tree Board

• Allan Kauffman — Stormwater Board

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