The Wellman City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance related to the collection of the city’s solid waste and recycling agreement with Cox Sanitation.
The vote was taken following a public hearing on the ordinance. No residents were present for comment.
Under the ordinance, collection fees would increase from $6.75 to $9.75, monthly. Garbage bags would increase roughly $1 per 10 pack. The council has said it has been many years since there had been an increase in garbage rates while the contractors’ costs have increased substantially.
In other business, the council discussed placement of a streetlight on 11th Ave. Several new homes are planned for the street and one of the home builders asked for a security light to be placed near a driveway.
Council members said there was several good reasons to put a streetlight near the property including visibility for house numbers for emergency responders, illumination for increased traffic and a more defined edge of the street for maintenance workers plowing snow.
Council members asked Kelly Litwiller to contact Alliant Energy for placement of the light. Alliant does not charge the city for the placement of streetlights.
The City Council approved a request from a resident living at the former Freeman home to care for a dozen chickens on the property.
The city ordinance limits the number of chickens within the city limits to six per household. It also requires that the resident obtain approval from neighbors.
Council members agreed that the 13-acre site was large enough to accommodate a dozen chickens but had reservations about allowing exceptions. They said they would grant the request with a provision to review the decision if conditions changed.
Randy Tinnes of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department presented his monthly report. The Department responded to 29 calls and made 11 stops within the city. The deputies made three arrests, one of which was a drug charge. Tinnes said 30 calls was about the average for Wellman.
The City Council approved a zoning designation for the proposed Dollar General store to be built at the intersection of Hwy 22 and 1st Ave in Wellman. The site will be zoned C2, commercial highway.