Garbage rates to increase in Denham Springs

The City Council approved a small increase Monday in monthly household rates for city garbage and recycling services.

The rates will rise 34 cents from $18 per month to $18.34 per month.

The new rates kick in Sunday.

Allied Waste Services of Baton Rouge holds a contract with Denham Springs for the waste and recycling work.

Allied Waste Services and Denham Springs officials agreed two years ago to reduce the monthly rate from $18.49 to $18, Mayor Jimmy Durbin said.

The rate was about to jump to $19.70 before that negotiation, Durbin said.

The agreement fixed the price for two years but allowed Allied Waste Services to pursue a consumer price index-based rate adjustment at the end of the contract.

A manager for Allied Waste Services, Karla Swacker, said company officials calculated a CPI increase of 1.91 percent, or 34 cents, for the rates.

Swacker said diesel prices generally drive rate changes for waste services. She said diesel prices have become stable.

“You would have to go back to 2009 to find a price cheaper than this,” Swacker said.

Other items discussed during the meeting included: OFFICERS RECOGNIZED: The council recognized several Denham Springs police officers and firefighters, as well as an Amite Fire Department firefighter, who saved a woman’s life Aug. 2 on South Range Avenue.

Betty Miller, a Denham Springs resident since 1978, was stranded on South Range Avenue just south of Interstate 12.

Denham Springs police Cpl. Larian McMurray pushed Miller’s vehicle from the roadway, but he noticed Miller was having trouble breathing.

Miller stopped breathing after McMurray called for help.

Sgt. Paul Golmon left an off-duty detail to help Miller.

First responders pulled Miller from her car and performed CPR on her until medical personnel arrived.

Miller’s pulse and breathing were restored before she was taken to the hospital.

McMurray and Golmon, as well as Denham Springs firefighters Blake Bardwell, Daniel Plaisance and Jeffrey Stewart were recognized for their efforts, as was Amite firefighter Timothy Verberne.

“I’m just glad that I am here today because of them,” Miller said during the ceremony.

ROAD PROJECTS: The council also approved low bids for construction projects on Jason Drive and Gardner Avenue.

R.J. Daigle and Sons Construction Inc., of Gonzales, will perform the work on both roads.

The projects are expected to cost about $87,400 combined — $68,500 for Jason Drive and $18,900 for Gardner Avenue.

Crews will repave the asphalt on both roads.