Trash pick-up rate in GV will increase |

Trash pick-up rate in GV will increase

City residents will pay more for trash pickup effective Feb. 1, the Grass Valley City Council unanimously voted Tuesday.

Under the new rates, Waste Management Inc., the Houston-based company that owns the franchise to pick up trash in Grass Valley, will charge residents $13.47 per month for one-can weekly trash pickup service – a 2-cent increase. Residents who subscribe to the 20-gallon mini can weekly service and most business owners will see a 2.2 to 2.9 percent increase for the service.

In other matters, Rudi Golnik, the city’s public works director, said the contractor hired to expand the city’s wastewater treatment plant expects the project to be completed in February.

The project, which was supposed to be completed in December, is already a year behind schedule.

“We’re working bugs out,” said Jeff Hauser, a principal with Eco:Logic, the Rocklin-based company hired to monitor the work at the plant. For instance, moisture is seeping from a 15-foot tall tank that needs to be repaired, he said Tuesday.

So far, the $9.2 million project has cost an extra $310,571, Wes Peters, the city’s financial director, said recently.

The plant now treats up to 1.7 million gallons of wastewater per day during the summer. When completed, it will be able to process up to 2.78 million gallons of wastewater daily during the summer.

Councilwoman DeVere Mautino and said she had invited the contractor, Rutherford and Smith Construction Inc. of Sacramento, to attend Tuesday’s council meeting. “But he declined to accept our invitation,” she said, scanning the room.

Chris Drainville, the volunteer who spearheaded efforts to complete the Grass Valley Skatepark in Condon Park this summer, received the Mayor’s Award, given to a resident for public service.

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