SYKESVILLE — The Town Council deferred action Monday night on proposed increases in Dumpster fees for the downtown area until April 8 to give members more time to study the plan.
Town Manager James L. Schumacher's report to the council showed the town is collecting $12,000 in Dumpsterfees annually, while spending $52,920 for refuse collection and disposal.
The town charges businesses $10 per month per cubic yard for Dumpsters. The cost of emptying the 65 Dumpsters in the downtown area is $378 per yard annually, triple the current fees.
Annual costs were: tipping fees, $17,500; Dumpster purchase price plus freight, $1,400(four per year); sanitation department, $31,500; and administration,$2,520.
Schumacher proposed charging Dumpster users for the actual cost, with a discount for businesses using two or more.
"These fees are only to cover the $53,000 cost to the town," Schumacher said."The discount is offered to businesses with more than one Dumpster because having two in one location saves transportation costs."
Discounts would be applied quarterly at the rate of 5 percent on the second Dumpster, 10 percent on the third and 12 percent for each additional unit.
Also proposed was the placement of eight community Dumpsters to serve downtown businesses and apartment dwellers, with fees scheduled according to use.
The quarterly fee would be $150 for heavy use, $100 for medium use and $50 for light use. The fees include pickups on an as-needed basis.
Schumacher said billing for the community Dumpsters still has to be worked out.
Joy Baker, president of the Sykesville Business Association said she didn't know much about the proposal, but noted: "If that's what needed to cover the town'scost, what choice is there?
"The landfills are even charging private users, and it's easier to have the town pick up the trash than take it yourself," she said. "You either pay the town or get a private hauler, and I don't know if that would be any less."
The council also deferred its public hearing on the Raincliffe
Center ordinances and resolutions until April 8, after financing and other information about the center can be advertised properly.
Schumacher cited "alittle miscommunication" for the delay.
"I was asked to advertisethe regulations, but the two resolutions needed additional information from the developer's attorney," he said.
"When something like this comes up again, it will be the responsibility of the applicant's attorney to place the ad, but the town attorney will check it."
Schumacher said he expected the ad to be placed by Friday.