Trash pick-fee up to rise $3 in Warren

The cost of trash and recycling pickup in Warren will increase by $3 per household, the Warren Town Council learned at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.

The service provider, Marion Services, told the council that rates would have to be increased in order for the company to continue to provide the best service to the town.

Costs will be increased by $3 to $9.49 per household.

Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison noted that Warren is a high recycling town, which means that a large percentage of residents participate in recycling.

"There is no doubt that we need the services," she noted. "Also there are other towns who are paying $12 to $13 per household, so our increase wouldn't be so bad."

The cost for pickup is billed directly to each household.

The board also talked about having Jonathon Leist, district director of the Huntington County Solid Waste Management District, attend the next meeting to address the group.

The board also discussed continuing the refurbishment of Tower Park and fixing the curbs of several streets throughout the city.

Morrison noted that $30,000 is allocated each year to handle paving projects and that some funds would be left due to a bid recently received that was less than expected.

"We could also change in the capital plan the wording from paving to paving/curbing to make provisions for both while still allocating the $30,000," she commented.

Next up was the rehabilitation of the sewer system. It was agreed that a program needed to be implemented where a few projects could be completed each year, instead of trying to fix everything all at one time.

The council agreed to purchase a fire truck from the Markle Fire Department, which recently purchased a new one. The cost of the truck is $45,000, excluding what it will cost to replace Markle's Fire Department lettering with Warren as well as any miscellaneous items such as hoses.

The truck that this new truck replaces is 46 years old and council members agreed to check around to see its current value and the possibility of selling it.

All other items were tabled until the next meeting.

Meetings will be held on Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 28, at 4 p.m.

Warren Town offices will be closed on Nov. 26 and 27, for Thanksgiving observation; Dec. 23 to 25, for Christmas observation and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day observations.