Milford homeowners could soon be able to save some money on their trash collection fees when they take extended vacations.
City Council introduced a proposed ordinance Monday that would allow Milford residents who own their homes to temporarily suspend their trash, recycling and yard waste collection for a minimum of three months at a cost of $35.
That fee would be equal to a little less than half the $70.50 cost for three months of collection.
“We’ve received a lot of requests from residents who are leaving town and don’t see why they should be required to pay the trash collection fees when they’re not home,” City Manager Richard Carmean said. “This would allow them to save money, while still making it manageable for city workers.”
Under the proposed ordinance, homeowners would be required to pay the $35 fee and submit an application for suspended service at least five business days prior to when they would like to have their collection stopped.
City workers would then pick up the homeowners’ trash, recycling and yard waste containers, which would be returned at the end of three months.
“It would be difficult for the city to keep track of which addresses do and do not get pick-up if the cans are not returned to the city,” Carmean said. “We also recommended the three-month minimum to cut down on the work required to pick up and deliver the cans.”
Homeowners would be allowed to seek an extension of the service suspension for an additional three months, at the cost of an additional $35.
However, a home that has its service suspended must remain vacant during the three-month period. Homeowners that return early would be barred from using any other city waste services, including the use of a neighbor’s container or bulk service. Noncompliance would result in the re-activation of collection services, along with a $100 “account reconciliation” fee.
Non-homeowner occupants, including renters as well as commercial and rental property owners, would not be eligible for the suspended trash service option.
“That’s just not something we want to get into,” Carmean said. “If a rental property becomes vacant, for instance, the idea is to get it rented, not to allow it remain empty for three months.”
City Council could approve the proposed ordinance as early as March 11.