Red River helps reduce UC garbage pickup rates

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By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter

City manager Kathy Dillon told council members Red River offered to keep this year’s rate the same and rebate the city one month’s residential — a value of about $69,000. In return, Red River asked to extend the terms of the current contract another five years, through 2024. There was no increase in rates this year.

In future years, Ms. Dillon explained it will be based on the Consumer Price Index for the southern region for cities in Union City’s population range, not to exceed 3 percent. “All I’ve heard is good things. They’re doing a good job,” councilman Bill “Rat” Harrison said.

In a related matter the council approved a resolution to establish revised charges for refuse collection and/or disposal services within the city. After completion of the first year with Red River, the city manager said she is pleased to present a recommendation for a price decrease a reduction of $5 per month per residential customer and $2.66 off the base price per month for commercial.

After the meeting, Red River Waste Solutions market area director Mike Cary, who also handles business development and government relations, said he is pleased with the confidence Union City officials have shown in the company’s pricing and services. “We’re just thankful for Union City in supporting us,” he said.

-Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.