Should Rochester Adopt Waste Collection Districts?
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester City Council will discuss a proposal to change the way garbage is collected in the city during its committee meeting Monday.
Councilmember Michael Wojcik is suggesting the establishment of waste collection districts throughout the city. Wojcik says some other cities in the state have adopted the policy and found it resulted in lower bills for residential customers. Wojcik says the other advantage in a districting program is the reduction of wear and tear on city streets. He says there are various options to consider, including the selection of one hauler to serve the entire city or selecting several to serve designated districts.
The Olmsted County Board considered the same proposal in 2006 but backed off due to opposition from haulers and citizens. The Board is in charge of waste collection and management throughout the county but Wojcik says the city has the authority to set up districts.
City Attorney Terry Adkins says the Council also has authority to regulate the use of its streets.