By BRIAN SMITH
Weatherford residents wishing to take part in curbside recycling will be getting a special deal in April.
Municipal and Community Services Director Steve Bates told the city council during Tuesday’s regular meeting the city will be offering a recycling special as part of the “Spring Green 2014” promotion. Recycling carts, which are normally $55, will be reduced to just $10 in April. A $2.50 monthly fee is assessed to those taking part in the program.
A similar program was done last April with “a couple hundred” people signing up.
Bates said about 1,300 households, or 15 percent of residents, take part in recycling. Businesses and apartment residents are not offered recycling through the city, but Bates said he would be willing to talk with private sector companies to see if they would be willing to offer the service.
“Recycling is a good civic thing to do,” Bates said.
Senior citizens ages 65 and older are exempt from the cart fee, but are still charged the $2.50 fee, Bates said in response to a question from councilmember Heidi Wilder. Wilder then asked if seniors could possibly have their monthly fee waived.
City Manager Jerry Blaisdell said that would have to be considered during the budgeting process, where different department fees for the upcoming year are set. The budgeting process will commence soon for the fiscal year 2014-15 budget, Blaisdell said.
The city had a recycling dropoff center from 1998-2005 but people began dumping toxic items at the site, forcing the city to cut the program, Bates said. For further information or to sign up for the service, call 817-598-4225.
In other news during the 30-minute meeting:
• Approval to cancel the May 10 general election was given after incumbents Wilder and Jeff Robinson were the only ones to file for spots on the ballot. Their names will still be on the ballot because a separate special election will be held to decide two changes to the city charter.