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City to seel compost at a discount

By Barbara Arntsen
Published in News on September 8, 2004 2:00 PM

The Goldsboro City Council decided Tuesday to allow a discount on the city's compost for customers who buy large quantities.

The city's compost facility mixes sludge from the sewer plant and wood into a high-grade of compost. Goldsboro's compost is tested by the Seal of Testing Assurance Program of the United States Composting Council, and it receives the highest grading possible.

Demand for the compost has continued to grow since the city began selling the product earlier this year.

Originally the council set the price for bulk compost sales at $8 per cubic yard to commercial landscapers, nurseries, and similar businesses, using more than 40 cubic yards per year.

But Public Utilities Director Karen Brashear told the council that the city had received inquiries from potential larger buyers of bulk compost.

City Manager Richard Slozak recommended that the council adopt a tiered pricing for the compost, similar to the pricing the city uses for water consumption.

The council agreed to charge $8 per cubic yard for 1 to 100 yards; $7.20 per cubic yard from 101 to 250 cubic yards; $6.80 per cubic yard for 251 to 500 cubic yards and $6.40 per cubic yard for 501 and more cubic yards.

Consumption calculations will run from July through June.

In other matters the council:

*Approved a request from Piggly Wiggly to rezone the west side of North Herman Street between Walnut Street and Mulberry Street from residential to neighborhood business. The store will expand its parking lot.

*Approved a request from Robert Gene Boyette to rezone the south side of east Ash Street between Meadow Road and U.S. Highway 70 East from residential to general business.

*Condemned a building at 1410 N. George St.