DANVILLE - The debate in Danville over garbage fees and yard waste continues.
Aldermen were on the verge of taking a final vote Tuesday night on a five-year plan to raise garbage and some yard waste fees. This was a plan that had been reworked over the last few weeks, because aldermen didn't like the first five-year plan.
Some aldermen made attempts at Tuesday night's city council meeting to amend the plan, but those failed.
After some discussion, Alderman Lois Cooper, Ward 2, suggested sending the whole debate back to the committee level again, and she and seven other aldermen voted in favor of doing that, including Kevin Davis and Rickey Williams Jr. in Ward 1, Sharon McMahon in Ward 4, Jon Cooper and Steve Nichols in Ward 6, and Steve Foster and Bill Black in Ward 7.
Several aldermen oppose increasing monthly garbage fees over the next five years as the plan proposes. The fee increases would generate more revenue partly to pay for capital purchases that city officials say are necessary to continue the yard waste portion of the city's solid waste program as it is today. But some aldermen also want the yard waste program to remain intact.
Alderman Mike Puhr, Ward 5, said the issues have been discussed since October when city administration brought the first five-year plan to the council. He said the second plan was an attempt to address everyone's concerns.
"I don't think we will accomplish anything by going back to the committee," he said.
Alderman Black said he doesn't care how long it takes, and he doesn't believe aldermen have spent an inordinate amount of time discussing a plan that involves millions of dollars of spending by the city.
"I'll sit here as long as you want to get a plan as fair as possible," he said.