The Leesburg City Commission on Monday night approved a reduction in solid waste collection fees that will save residential customers $2 a month on utility bills.
Commissioners voted unanimously to lower fees for 6,900 residential customers for a total cost savings of $165,600. The reduction is possible because of several operating improvements to the city’s garbage and recycling services.
“It has been a very difficult budget season for the city, and I am very pleased that we worked hard and we are able to actually lower some utility bills,” said Leesburg City Commissioner Elise Dennison. “We are doing everything possible to keep finances under control.”
On July 22, Leesburg approved the purchase of a new garbage truck for $242,381 from Nextran Truck Center of Orlando. The new truck replaces a 12-year-old vehicle and provides new features such as an automated, side-loading mechanical arm and larger, 28-cubic-yard carrying capacity.
The improved design allows the new truck to work faster and to double the number of customers served each day from 500 to more than 1,000. The city will reduce its service fleet by three vehicles and staff by one position. Leesburg also can utilize another existing truck for recycling services. The total cost savings is about $121,466 a year.
Leesburg will speed up work and save expenses this year with the incorporation of single-stream recycling - a system that allows all types of recycled materials to be collected without sorting.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.