The Chandler City Council plans to talk trash Thursday.
The council is expected to decide whether to resume expansion of the city’s only waste transfer station at 3200 S. McQueen Road, or divert 80 percent of the city’s garbage to a location outside the city.
Expansion of the transfer station was halted in January after nearby homeowners expressed health and odor concerns. City staff came up with two options to resolve the situation.
• The first is to complete the expansion, with the facility operating by summer 2005.
That would increase the residential charge for garbage disposal from $11.90 a month to $16.01 a month. Another increase in 2009-10 would raise that to $16.95. The facility could remain open 10 hours a day, seven days a week, and the city would continue to make payments on bonds for the station until 2017.
• The other choice is to build a smaller facility at the same location to handle only residential, self-hauled waste. Other garbage would go directly to transfer stations outside the city.
That would raise residential bills from $11.90 to $16.47 a month.
Another increase in 2009-10 would raise the rate to $17.66 a month. Under this plan, the facility could operate eight hours a day, five days a week, and the city could pay off its transfer station bond debt in 2004-05.
Council members Dean Anderson, Bob Caccamo, Donna Wallace and Phill Westbrooks, and Vice Mayor Lowell Huggins said they are leaning toward the smaller facility. Councilwoman Patti Bruno and Mayor Boyd Dunn said they need to hear from more residents and get more information before making a decision.
Christian Weems, who has fought the expansion, said she supports a smaller facility because it comes down to providing needed services while protecting neighborhoods.
"It can’t be just about black-and-white numbers," she said. "It’s about more than just economics. It’s about what the City Council wants to provide its residents."
Transfer station vote
What: Chandler City Council meeting
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: City Council chambers, second floor of downtown library, 22 S. Delaware St.
Information: (480) 782-2180