The Longview City Council on Thursday will consider increasing fees for businesses that require garbage collectors to open gates or move containers.

Waste Control, which collects garbage in Longview, told the city that some customers have front-load garbage containers located behind a barrier, forcing drivers to open and close gates or move containers. Waste Control hasn’t charged for this “deluxe service” but normally would, according to city documents.

Therefore, the City Council will consider amending fees to include a $7.26 per front load per pickup fee for commercial businesses. City staff would send letters to these businesses to warn them about the impending charges. Businesses could avoid the charges by keeping their gates open before Waste Control arrives.

Following a public hearing at the last meeting, the council is also expected to approve the annexation of 237 acres in West Longview and zone the land for a mixture of residential and commercial uses.

However, West Longview business owner Tim Todd has prepared a petition that could have enough signatures to force a public vote on the proposed annexation.

The council will also consider awarding up to $25,000 from the Neighborhood Park Grant Program. Applicants are required to contribute a matching amount in cash or in-kind labor and materials. (See breakout box for applicants.)

In other business, the council will consider:

  • Giving the Mint Valley Golf Course an additional $1,000 for its cash working fund. The council approved $500 in January, but the course says it has not been enough for operations.
  • Amending the city’s 2017-2018 budget to include $1.3 million for unanticipated public safety expenditures, miscellaneous revenues and a transfer from the Fire Pension Fund.
  • Closing out the public works maintenance facility project.
  • Approving a policy regarding alcohol sales at R.A. Long Park.
  • Declaring 79 computers, 14 laptops, 21 printers and other machines as surplus because they are broken or dead.
  • Reviewing the city’s federal legislative agenda.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in Longview City Hall.

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