Williston tries to avoid ‘wait and see’

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

When the Williston City Council learned in April that the Levy County Board of County Commissioners had its attorney draft an ordinance regarding solid waste, members decided to be proactive rather than wait and see what may happen.

The ordinance, City Manager Scott Lippmann said, would require all solid waste haulers in the county to use the county transfer station. Currently, the city’s hauler, Waste Pro, uses another transfer site and the city’s contract and rates were negotiated based on that station’s fees. Council members were concerned how the ordinance, if passed, would affect the contract–and rates–the city has with its hauler.

Tuesday night, Waste Pro representatives Frank Kramer and Dana Miller told the council they were waiting to see what Levy County did.

“But we wouldn’t try to force anything down your throat,” Kramer said.

Levy County charges $62 per ton, Kramer said, while most other stations charge $48-$50. The county has also discussed assessing a 3 percent franchise fee, which would affect smaller haulers, he added.

Miller said should the ordinance pass, Waste Pro would return to the city for more discussions. Kramer added they would have every scenario and impact they encounter outlined for those discussions.

Currently though until Levy County moves forward, Waste Pro is waiting and not taking a public stand.

Councilor Charles Goodman summed it up for the group, “So basically we’re no where.”

In other business, the council set its first budget workshop for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.