Wellington Council raises trash collection fees by 5 percent; discusses demolition of house on C Street

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council passed a rate increase or trash collection in the city which will amount to five percent for most customers.  This was budgeted for the coming year and it is the first rate increase since 2011.The measure passed when Mayor Shelley Hansel cast the tie-breaking vote, 4-3.  Jan Korte, Bill Butts and Vince Wetta voted for the measure. Kip Etter, Kelly Hawley and Jim Valentine voted no.This is separate from the recycling and automation program the council has been discussing.  There was a motion to table this issue, but that failed 4-2.Residential customers will be paying 75 cents more a month for a total of $15. Commercial customers will be paying five percent more, and there are different levels of fees for various kinds of commercial operations.There is a lower price for some residential customers over the age of 62 and under a certain income level.The rate increase has been talked about for a couple of years, and has been put off in the past.City Manager Shane Shields said it would impact the 2018 budget if it were not passed.The council also passed a resolution raising rates at the landfill. That will be a 2.5 percent increase on household waste and a four percent on construction companies.Public Works director Jeremy Jones said the city’s rates are much lower than other cities, so they get a lot of business from Wichita construction companies as a result.Jones said there is little danger in the landfill having a problem from taking in too much waste.Demolition issues: The city declared a house at 914 South C street to be unsafe or dangerous, and the city may now tear the building down. It has been vacant since last April, and there are no utility payments unpaid, Jones said. He added he had spoke to one family member and they did not seem interested in the property.The Council also set a public hearing for Jan 16, to decide the fate of a house at 624 West Third. Utilities have been inactive since August of 2014. Three years of delinquent taxes are owed, which amounts to $460.A public hearing was also set for Jan. 16 for a house at 824 South C. This house has been vacant, and utilities not active, since July of 2016.At the public hearing owners may make a case for not tearing the structure down, or make arrangements to secure the properties.In other business, the council:•Passed a measure to simplify reporting on their annual audit. Cities may opt out of the state program that requires a lot more reporting and paperwork. The same information will be examined in the audit and the same information will be reported as well. The city does this every year.•Renewed 13 cereal malt beverage licenses.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down wellington al · 140 weeks ago Seems like there forgetting about the building downtown needs to be demolitioned first before anything else. And there are a lot of house in wellington that need to be torn down, to keep the greedy slumlords from doing nothing but charging people a lot for a piece of junk to live in. Report Reply 1 reply · active 140 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down seamsfitting · 140 weeks ago It seems like the Lincoln Place demolition has slid off of everyone’s radar. Newscow-can you report on the status of this please? Report Reply +10 Vote up Vote down Luther · 140 weeks ago It’s it really a fair comparison with other cities that are not taxing their citizens at such high a rate? “Welcome to Wellington, we punish you for living here. Just try to leave.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 140 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Jeff · 140 weeks ago Selfishness is not living as you want to live, it is forcing others to live as you want to live. The only things that truly threaten us are our enemies at home – they are selfishness and incompetence. This is a costly, failed regime, accountable to noone. We have paid dearly for our apathy and folly at the polls in city elections and, sadly, we are going to pay for a long, long time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 140 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Lynda Soria · 140 weeks ago Please attend the “Town Hall Meeting”, being held at the Raymond Frye Complex, December 18, beginning at 6:30. Let your voices and your concerns be heard. And Please pass on to others as well. Report Reply 1 reply · active 139 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down wellington al · 139 weeks ago why it does not do any good, they have their own agenda Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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