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Quakertown residents' trash, recycling fees to fall

Borough's new contract with Advanced Disposal Services comes wth lower prices.

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - Quakertown Borough Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a three-year contract for trash and recycling services with Advanced Disposal Services, Skippack.

Borough residents have the option to pay a fixed rate every quarter for trash and recycling services or purchase a sleeve of bags.

Currently, residents pay $19.40 for a sleeve of four bags.

Beginning Oct. 1 of this year, the price will drop to $14.

Councilwoman Lisa Gaier said the decrease is the result of the borough administration striving to ensure costs for taxpayers remain manageable.

"Through the negotiations of the borough manager and staff, they are working to keep costs down," she said.

The decrease will benefit seniors and those on fixed incomes, Gaier said.

She spoke in favor of Advanced Disposal Services.

"We are fortunate and pleased to be working with them," she said.

Gaier noted the price for residents will increase to $20.38 for 2014-15 and $20.79 for 2015-16.

The price increase, she said, is small, however.

"It's a negligible increase of less than 50 cents, which is significantly under the other competitive bids for this year," Gaier said.

In other business, council unanimously approved extending the Quakertown Area Industrial & Commercial Development Authority's term for another 50 years.

The QAICDA, chartered in 1980, is an economic development financing authority. Its mission is to provide tax free, low interest rate loans to business and industry, 501(c)(3) entities and tax exempt facilities.

Council Vice President Donald Rosenberger said the extension is necessary to keep the organization in existence.

"It was scheduled to expire, so we'll keep it going for another 50 years," he said.

The new term will run until 2064.

Council also approved de-certifying the existing police officer eligibility list and authorizing the police officer selection process.

"This [de-certifying] is a process which allows a new testing cycle to begin," council President L. James Roberts Jr. said.

Council will hold its next meeting 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the municipal building at 35 N. Third St.

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