Broadway Town Board hires Waste Industries

Higher water security deposit also on horizon
Mar. 27, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Following the City of Sanford's lead, Broadway will be ending its long-term relationship with Waste Management in favor of solid waste service from Waste Industries starting July 1.

"It basically came down to price," Broadway Mayor Don Andrews said Tuesday, the day after the town's board of commissioners approved the new contract. "Nothing against Waste Management; they've done us a great job. But it was a $1.09 difference, per cart, per month."

Andrews said he expects Waste Industries to continue trash pickup once per week, and that it will also pick up recycling every other week. He said currently, residents must personally bring recyclables to the local recycling center.

The vote to go forward with Waste Industries, which occurred Monday night at the board's monthly meeting, was unanimous.

The board also voted unanimously to allow town staff to raise the security deposit now required of renters setting up water services. Town Manager Bob Stevens said the rate is now $50, and that he doesn't know just yet how high it might go in the future. The adjustment is neccessary, he said, to help the town and its taxpayers stop losing money to renters who leave without paying their water bills and then can't be tracked down.

"Of course, the other side of that, if it's young people that are starting off, we don't want to make it hard on them," he said. "But at the end of the day, someone's got to pay for it."

In a third effort to save costs, the board voted unanimously to not pursue a grant for recycling carts it had previously been approved for, and to instead rely on Waste Industries for the carts. Stevens said subcontracting the carts gives the town less long-term stability, but also saves potential costs and man hours spent fixing or replacing town-owned carts.

He explained that cost-cutting measures are at the forefront lately because, in addition to ongoing debates about sales tax revenue redistribution — which would move more than $100,000 of Broadway's $818,000 general fund budget to the county treasury — the town is also anticipating less property tax revenue for next year's budget, as well as a rise in employee health insurance costs of nearly 20 percent.

Over the course of the night, the board took several other votes, all of them unanimous. They were:

* A resolution supporting education about Lyme disease, a potentially debilitating illness that's spread through tick bites.

* A resolution opposing Senate Bill 127, which would move Lee County into a new economic zone focused on Charlotte, potentially affecting local ties with the Triangle region.

* The restriction of heavy trucks from driving down Colonial Drive, after residents complained of yards damaged by trucks trying to turn.

* The purchase of a new four-wheel-drive tractor to replace the current two-wheel-drive tractor, used for sewer maintenance and similar jobs, which Andrews said is about 30 years old.