Saying the city is losing money each month, council members are looking into a rate increase for trash service.
Currently the base residential service is $15.64 a month. City workers are researching plans to raise that from $2 to $3 each month.
The last time trash rates were upped was in 2014.
The city is contracted With Centerpoint Landfill and has seen the cost of hauling off trash go from $9,000 in 2014 to a $14,250 payment this month.
“We are losing money on our trash service,” said mayor Jennifer Clason Tuesday night. She said the breakeven margin would be between $2 and $3 increase per customer.
“We could outsource the service but we would lose two or three employees. It is important to keep the local service to keep the jobs.” If the trash service was eliminated, employees could opt to work in another department but Clason said there is only one opening currently.
She went ahead to explain there had been only one bid received last year for trash service but the city is contracted with Centerpoint for the rest of the fiscal year that ends next June.
The city council gave approval for the civic center to be used for several events in the coming weeks.
They include a pancake breakfast by the Lions Club to be held Oct. 13; a program on World War I and the Henryetta Friends of the Library book sale in December.
Also gaining approval was a $500 payment for bounce houses to be used during the Oct. 13 Cruise Knight.
Public works director Ron Casey will be working with Steve and Kathy Wilhite to use goats to clear out several heavily brushed areas around town.
The idea was first presented at the August meeting and the Wilhites were told to obtain insurance before they would be considered. That has been obtained and the city will be going over locations for the goats to be used.
Stanley Newinski is working with the city attorney to determine how to clear out some brushed areas near his home. He is requesting the city to keep the area mowed. “We have to follow the rights of the city and the citizens,” Clason said. She pointed out the area being discussed is not property that the city has an easement.