Garbage collection fees going down in West Baton Rouge

West Baton Rouge Parish residents will see a slight reduction on their garbage collection bills during the next two years.

“There will be a 50-cent decrease in September and we’ll be passing it along to the customer,” parish Executive Assistant Jason Manola told the Parish Council on Thursday. “It’s part of our contract with Allied Waste, which is now called Republic Services. The reduction will show up in the October bill and continue through 2014.”

After the meeting, Parish President Riley “Peewee” Berthelot said, “We negotiated early and some of the provisions we got gave us a 50-cent reduction this year and next year.”

Other issues coming before the council included:

SERVITUDES: The council abandoned unused servitudes at the former Avery Lakes subdivision located off Rosedale Road and Rebelle Lane a few miles past La. 415. The parish previously had released the servitude for the Boulanger property in August.

Berthelot informed the council that the parish would look at obtaining servitudes at Lukeville to take advantage of the last $200,000 of a $2 million loan used to rehabilitate the Westport sewer project.

Berthelot said houses closest to the sewage project were not connected to the parish sewage line and were using septic tanks. Berthelot said connecting the 12 houses might cost more than $200,000 and wanted to gauge the council’s enthusiasm for the plan before he started acquiring servitudes.

The council unanimously gave Berthelot the go-ahead.

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS: Parish Emergency Operations Director Deano Moran told the council that West Baton Rouge was in full compliance with national standards regarding emergency cases involving exploited and missing children.

“We didn’t think that was such a big problem here but we were surprised by the issues involved,” Moran said. “Our parish is one of the few emergency operations offices recognized by the national 911 center as achieving these standards.”