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Landfill submissions to be considered

Councillors will consider submissions to the landfill operating hours at its first meeting of the year being held on Tuesday February 5.

A total of 22 submissions regarding the future operating hours were received with the close off date last Wednesday.

The cost of operating the landfill has been steadily increasing, and the decision by the previous contract holders, QRS, not to submit a tender has meant Council has had to look outside the district for a new contractor.

Prospective tenderers indicated they were not able to operate the landfill and recycling centre at the current level of service within the Council’s annual budget of $759,500.

Council then went to the public to see if people wanted the same operating times at a higher cost or reduced operating times at the same cost.”

Option one is to operate the landfill for six days. The proposed net cost is $1,152,400 per annum. This will exceed the budget and will involve a rates increase.

Option two is to operate the landfill for four days per week. This is a reduction in the level of service, and the net cost is $753,000 per annum which fits within the Council’s current budget.

Council hopes to have a contract signed and new operator in place by next month.

4 February 2019

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