No garbage fee increase this year for Sorrento No garbage fee increase this year for Sorrento Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Sorento Town Hall KATE STEVENS| Special to The Advocate March 24, 2014 Comments SORRENTO — Homeowners will not face an annual increase in garbage rates this year under the five-year contract renewal approved Tuesday by the Town Council with Republic Services of Baton Rouge. The per household monthly collection fee of $18.86 will remain the same until Aug. 1, 2015, Republic’s Karla Swacker told the Town Council. The town’s contract with Republic Services, formally Allied Waste Services, expires Sept. 1. As part of the contract renewal, the town can add curbside recycling as it becomes available in the area, and Republic Services will help the town advertise its curbside pickup options, Swacker said. New to the contract, thanks to state Bond Commission guidelines, is a provision the town can terminate the contract if funds are unavailable, Swacker said. The new contract begins Aug. 1 and expires July 31, 2019. In other business: FINANCE POLICIES: The council agreed to meet at 5 p.m. April 1 to discuss financial policies and procedures to improve the town’s financial reporting, budgetary policies and personnel and travel policies. The town implemented these policies last fall but has yet to make them law by putting them into ordinance form. PUBLIC HEARING: The council set a public hearing for April 15 to discuss a proposed amendment to the town’s 2013-14 operating budget. The amendment would add a $60,000 capital outlay line item for the purchase of a standard backhoe with four-wheel drive and pilot controls listed at a state contract price of $57,397. The budget amendment would also provide for the $1,854 cost of a bucket for the machine. Both items come from Crawler Supply Co., of Baton Rouge. Mayor Mike Lambert said the town will pay for the machine with $17,500 in state grant money, with the remaining $35,000 from the budget’s general fund.