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Fulton to Hold Public Hearing for Water, Sewer, Garbage Rates

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Common Council announced a public hearing at Tuesday’s regular meeting regarding an increase in water, sewer and garbage rates scheduled to be held the third Tuesday of this month (Oct 18.)

The hearing will take place after the public comment section of the regular meeting starting at 7 p.m. in the Fulton Municipal Building located at 141 S. First St.

Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. previously discussed a public hearing in regards to the current rates after the Oswego County Legislature increased the tipping fees of Oswego County transfer stations during a regular meeting in July.

The ten dollar increase in tipping fees initially prompted discussion from city officials including the possibility of considering alternative options for garbage, including private haulers.

Mayor Woodward said the outcome would not be determined until the public weighed in during the hearing, however, his office had already received letters in opposition to alternative garbage options.

The scheduled hearing comes just after the city of Fulton was listed in September as a city in moderate fiscal stress by the NYS Comptroller’s Office for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015.

“Between now and the hearing, the council, myself, and department heads will be going through those more and more to see if there’s anything more we can do,” Mayor Woodward said.

At the same meeting, the Common Council also closed a public hearing to amend Chapter 514 of City Code entitled “Sewers.”

Woodward said the change was primarily housekeeping as requested by the EPA.

No one from the public commented during the public hearing and the resolution passed unanimously.

3 Comments

  1. And the band played on. It’s sad but there is no choice only the amount of the increase. Hopefully it won’t be to high.

  2. Just a little info. The average household generates 3 tons of household waste a year. If the rate is going up $10 a ton from the county that should come out to $30 extra a year. Which would come out to $7.50 extra a billing period. Now that is only garbage costs not Water and Sewage. Just info.I know the county will say. It’s only $30 extra a year. Well $30 here and $5 there . It adds up. This is the same legislative body that doesn’t want to give up their millage reimbursement money. I would say . It’s only $10 extra costs per month. You can afford it. The city has to pass the costs on to us but not more than needed is what I say.

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