By Brian Besch
The Goodrich City Council heard a rate increase, purchased a laptop computer and discussed use of a heavy dumpster Thursday at the Goodrich Community Center.
Pro Star Waste raised its rates from $20.21 to $22.08 beginning next month. The rate increase is part a yearly evaluation. The 9.66% hike is the first increase in five years.
A laptop was purchased for Goodrich City Hall. Goodrich employees and council members will utilize the new device for Zoom meetings with Polk County Emergency Management and a few other organizations. Current equipment at city hall does not have the capacity to hold those meetings. Council members will also be able to complete training sessions via Zoom meetings on the laptop.
There remains an issue with the heavy dumpster in the parking lot at city hall. In June’s meeting, the council agreed that City Secretary Felicia Garrett would remain at city hall until 5 p.m., the time that the dumpster was to be removed. Pro Star Waste representatives have let city employees know that it will not always be possible to take the dumpster at 5:00 p.m.
Issues with an excess amount of items or items that are illegal to dump are all occurring overnight. Cameras will now be installed at the dumpster to deter those dumping illegally. Council expressed that they do not want citizens to lose the opportunity to dump items once a month, but will be forced to end the service if problems continue.