Danville residents and business owners could see their garbage rates rise next year.
The Town Council on Tuesday directed the Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority to increase trash and recycling service rates during 2014 by about 3.7 percent for the average residential customer and about 3.3 percent for typical commercial pickup.
The CCCSWA is expected to weigh the rate changes during its Jan. 30 meeting. If approved that day, the new rate structure would take effect March 1.
"The increase is recommended so that we can cover the costs and ensure that we have adequate reserves," Danville Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said Tuesday night at the Town Meeting Hall.
Endorsed unanimously by the council, the new structure calls for the typical single-family monthly bill for 32-gallon weekly service to rise to $24.71, an increase of 90 cents compared to current rates. By comparison, the monthly 32-gallon rate went up a total of $2.06 over the previous 20 years, according to Calabrigo.
For other residential plans, the monthly bill hike during 2014 would be 80 cents for 20-gallon service, $1.14 for 64-gallon service and $1.70 for 96-gallon service.
On the commercial side, the monthly cost for a 2-yard dumpster with weekly pickup would increase to $279.22, representing a rise of $8.97.
No members of the public commented about the rate proposal during the council meeting.
2014 represents the final year of the current franchise agreement between solid waste companies and the CCCSWA a joint powers authority formed among Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek and the county.
The CCCSWA is currently working to obtain a new 10-year agreement to start in 2015, Calabrigo said. "We do want to make sure that we maintain stable rates as we transition into the new franchise," he added.
In other business during their 90-minute open session, council members approved a resolution that could help the Danville Hotel property redevelopment move forward.
The unanimous vote vacated excess public right-of-way along Hartz Avenue in the project area and gave up a public utility easement along the adjacent parking alley formerly called Short Street.
The extra right-of-way, which extended behind the existing sidewalk, was put in public hands in the 1970s when Hartz Avenue widening was under consideration, said town senior civil engineer Michael Stella. Road widening has not occurred in that area and is not in the town's plans.
The project developer is expected to reconfigure utilities in the alley, which would lead to the dedication of a new, narrower utility easement, according to Stella.
Later in the meeting, the council introduced an ordinance to adopt locally new regulations approved at the state level under the 2013 California codes for building, residential, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire and green-building standards.
The town did not seek any amendments to the state regulations, and the changes will not affect the existing fees for review of plans and building inspection for construction proposed in Danville. The second reading of the ordinance is set for Jan. 14.
Town staff provided a rundown of 2013 state and federal legislation actively supported or opposed by the Danville government, as well as descriptions of approved bills that might have the most impact locally.
Bills signed into law and backed by the town included ones updating the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial and closing a loophole inhibiting the collection of citation fees.
The town voiced opposition to failed state legislation this year on topics such as homelessness, the massage industry, and state regulation and enforcement of medical marijuana.
New state laws approved in 2013 that could affect Danville, according to town officials, concerned issues including the emergency alert system, suspected identity theft, criminal background checks for youth sports groups and repayment for costs incurred by agencies responding to false reports.
Council members also adopted the 2013 Economic Development Analysis, a 92-page document created by BW Research Partnership, Inc. examining the Danville economy based on data collection, a business survey, evaluations of the town's strengths and weaknesses, and feedback from the council and other stakeholders.
The resolution approved by the council also authorized the drafting of a Comprehensive Economic Development Plan.