New bylaws under consideration by council

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November 13, 2014 9:30 AM

Lloydminster city hall wants to regulate and control residents’ garbage and what is dumped at the city’s landfill.

At Monday’s city council meeting, councillors approved a motion that would have the city clerk prepare a new Refuse Collection Bylaw.

City Coun. Ken Baker introduced the motion, saying that it is about finding out if the collection system, which is currently in place, is done properly.

“Are the costs of doing the service correct? Should we be expanding the service into more recyclables? These are the things that we want looked at,” he said.

Baker said that the bylaw would look at waste and how the city goes along in collecting it.

Along with the refuse bylaw, a potential new tipping fee will be included at the Lloydminster Landfill in the form of a landfill bylaw.

Baker said that he cannot comment on a potential increase to services when he hasn’t seen the final report.

“At the end of the day, we haven’t seen the draft of the bylaw,” he said. Baker said he wouldn’t be in favour of any increase to taxpayers because of the bylaw.

“At the end of the day, we have to remember that we have to cover the landfill,” he said. Baker said that liability of the landfill was a potential $3 million.

“Under the law, we have to set aside that much money to do that. So at the end of the day, we have to cover that landfill,” he said.

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