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Obion conducts hearing on garbage collection rate hike

Obion conducts hearing on garbage collection rate hike
The first of two votes on a new garbage collection rate for Obion took place Monday night, following a brief public hearing at City Hall.
The Obion city council is considering increasing the garbage rate from $15.20 to $18 a month for city residents.
In order to increase the rate, a public hearing and two readings of a new ordinance are required.
Monday’s public hearing lasted from 6:45 to 7 p.m., with no public opposition to the new rate. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the council voted unanimously on the first of two readings of the new ordinance.
The second and final reading of the ordinance will come at the council’s next regularly scheduled meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
The increase in the garbage collection rate is necessary due to the city losing about $1,000 a month, according to Mayor Glen Parnell.
If the council approves the second reading of the garbage collection ordinance Monday, Obion residents will see their bills increase on their May statements.
The council also decided Monday night to seek new proposals for health insurance coverage for city employees.
New bids for insurance coverage will be on the agenda for Monday’s meeting. Published in The Messenger 3.13.12

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