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Monte continues discussions on refuse rate request

MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo will continue discussions on a requested rate increase for refuse hauling in the community by Tostenson Inc.

MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo will continue discussions on a requested rate increase for refuse hauling in the community by Tostenson Inc.

Council members held a hearing on the request at their meeting Monday, but decided to continue discussions until their next meeting, said City Manager Steve Jones.

The company is asking for a rate hike due to rising fuel costs. Lonny Tostenson, company president, reported that diesel fuel costs have increased by more than 98 percent since the company bid its current contract with the city two years ago.

The company has proposed two different options for the city. Its first option calls for increasing rates by 13 percent in the first year and by 3.5 percent in each year after. The second option calls instead for a single increase of 20.8 percent.

The rates for residential service in Montevideo are currently $10.07 for a 35-gallon container; $12.76 for a 65-gallon container; and $15.49 for a 95-gallon container.

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In other business Monday, council members heard a request from Dr. John Powers, D.D.S., to purchase city-owned lots directly north of his business at 315 North First Street. The dentist said he'd initially use the lots for parking but in the future is interested in expanding his building on to a portion of the property.

City council members instructed staff to develop a request for proposals to consider offers for the property. Along with an offered price, persons interested in the property will need to indicate a planned use for it.

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