By Terry Schrimscher, For La Tribune

CLAY — Clay Town Council met Tuesday evening, Feb. 8, for the first of two scheduled monthly meetings. The Council had only one item on the agenda.

Clay renews his contract with Republic Services. (Photo by Terry Schrimscher)

In a unanimous vote, Council authorized Mayor Charles Webster to renew waste disposal contracts with Republic Services, the city’s current provider for garbage and debris collection.

“Mayor, this is a resolution to authorize you to sign the garbage contract when the extension comes into effect,” City Manager Ronnie Dixon said. “I gave you the quote from Republic last time. They want to extend the contract. Dixon said the new contract increases rates by 88 cents per quarter.

According to Republic Services representatives, residents are currently paying $34.90 per quarter for one can and $43.41 for two cans. Republic previously held contracts with the city, but Santek Waste Disposal won bids for the service in 2019 before being acquired by Republic in 2021.

Dixon addressed concerns about roads in the Steeplechase and Copper Ridge subdivisions in his report to the city.

“There are roads in those subdivisions that haven’t been completed,” Dixon said. “There’s no HOA setup, there’s no street lights, and there’s no one to fix the roads. Of course, we can’t accept any of this as the city’s responsibility. because of our ordinances.

Dixon said construction traffic in both neighborhoods caused damage to existing roads because they were never properly completed by the original developers. He said he advised homeowners to form a homeowners association (HOA).

“They have to get on the ball and form a HOA,” Dixon said. “The city will support them, and we would likely be co-applicants in trying to get these builders to act as developers.”

Dixon said around 80 homes were in the area affected by the crumbling roads. He estimated paving costs at $250,000 and said the repair total for the damage could be much higher.

“It’s not our responsibility at this point,” Dixon said, “but in order to help and respond to residents, I think that will be our course of action.”

The next Clay Town Council meeting will be February 22.