by Shannon Cay
HARRISON, Ark. – The Harrison City Council approves several resolutions and ordinances but strikes down an increase in trash fees at its latest meeting.
Keith Richards with Inland Sanitation says his operating costs have gone up significantly. He says there has been an increase in his dumping fees after moving Inland’s hauls to the trash local facility. He also says Inland’s recycling used to be free, but it is now priced at almost 40 dollars per ton of recyclables.
While Councilwoman Mary Jean Creager made a motion to approve the increase, no one seconded the motion, and it died on the table.
Council members, however, did unanimously pass the 2018 budget resolution and a resolution acknowledging the city’s support of the Municipal League’s plans to pursue legal actions against those found to have perpetuated the opioid problem.
Harrison council members also passed the Carroll-Boone water ordinance pass through.
This means that folks will see an increase in their monthly water bill of five centers per thousand gallons of water starting this month. This is an automatic rate adjustment based on the consumer price index, according to officials.
The council then approved the repeal of the dog ordinance and the business license ordinance, as both were found to not be legally sound.
Lastly, council approved the purchase of two-thousand dollars worth of gym equipment for city employees and their families to use.