The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Garbage contract continues to raise questions

Royal council holds first readings for utility rate increases

 

January 19, 2023

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Under the new structure, the monthly minimum rate for water is proposed to increase to $25 for the first 1,300 gallons. The rate for each 1,000 gallons used above the minimum would be $9.

Although they approved a new solid waste collection contract with Town & Country Disposal, Royal council members on Jan. 11 still questioned the meaning of some of its language.

The main sticking point was that the initial proposal received in November called for a 3 percent increase per year for the five-year agreement. Local officials interpreted that to mean the rate charged to the city would increase 3 percent each year. The final contract, however, calls for a 15 percent increase in the first year, with no increases for the succeeding four years.

The council delayed making a decisi...



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