Garbage fees could be questioned at committee meetings

 

Augusta’s embattled trash collection system will be the focus of at least three speakers signed up to address Augusta Commission members Monday.

Homeowners continue to report issues nearly two months after the change, but one speaker is raising a seemingly unrelated issue.

Olde Town homeowner John Olinzock has presented a report about inequities in the city’s billing for garbage service at multifamily properties. In a single block, for instance, four Telfair Street houses are being charged only $116 a year – the charge for a single unit – despite containing two or three residential units, Olinzock noted.

“As a taxpayer, while I am upset that some property owners are not paying the fees per code, more importantly, I am concerned about the lost revenues to the local government,” Olinzock said.

Augusta Disposal owner Bill Polonus and Beaurine Wilkinson are also scheduled to speak about trash collection concerns Monday.

In another solid waste matter, the Engineering Ser­vices committee will receive information about $750,000 in emergency repair work ordered by Engineering Services Director Mark Johnson.

The repairs are needed after a June 24 fire destroyed a landfill gas well and two sinkholes were discovered in a closed area of the landfill, Johnson said.

The Engineering Services committee is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Monday in the eighth-floor commission chamber at 530 Greene St.

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