Waste Transportation Costs Increase

NORFOLK - The City of Norfolk will be paying more for contractors to haul solid waste, which may mean higher prices for consumers in the future.  Water Pollution Control Plant Manager Todd Boling told the mayor and city council at their Tuesday night meeting, that the current contractor chose to terminate the contract that calls for the city to pay $137 plus a fuel surcharge for each round trip to the Solid Waste Coalition Landfill near Clarkson.  Two companies bid on the new contract and Valley View was once again the low bidder, this time for $188 per round trip.  Contractors made more than 1,800 round trips last year, an average of more than five per day.  Boling said the cost increase may require future consumer rate hikes.  The council voted unanimously for the mayor to execute a contract with Valley View Trucking, which will go into effect next month.