The Goldsboro City Council unanimously approved a commercial trash collection agreement between the city and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base at its meeting Monday evening.
The agreement is expected to make the city nearly $800,000 during its 10-year term, with an annual profit of around $78,724, according to Rick Fletcher, Goldsboro public works director.
Under the new agreement, which goes into effect July 1, the city is responsible for the upfront cost of purchasing new equipment –– approximately $750,000 –– as well as $53,385 to hire an equipment operator. Seymour Johnson will pay back the equipment cost during the 10-year period, along with 3 percent interest and an initial $15,000 payment for equipment maintenance, increases by 8 percent each year.
New trucks comprise the bulk of the equipment cost. The city will purchase a front loader, a rear loader, a roll-off dumpster truck with a grapple and hundreds of dumpsters of various kinds.
Mayor Chuck Allen questioned Fletcher as to the need for three separate vehicles with only one new operator. Fletcher said that not all three would be in use at the same time.
“So then you’re not using your trucks very efficiently,” Allen said. “They’re just parked a good percent of the time.”
The three trucks provide different services. Front loader trucks typically handle large commercial dumpsters, while rear loader trucks are more suited to smaller trash cans but can also be used for larger commercial trash loads. Roll-off trucks are useful for large commercial waste removal, such as construction sites and they can handle bulky trash, like cardboard.
Fletcher said that because Seymour Johnson is willing to pay back the cost of the trucks, it is in the city’s best interest to buy the new equipment, since the agreement will eventually result in no cost to the city.
“This is at no risk, basically,” Fletcher said.
The city will take out a loan for the initial $750,000 equipment cost. The contract also includes $17,472 in fuel costs, which will be adjusted as prices change.
In other business, the council:
• Voted that nonprofit organizations may use the T.C. Coley Community Center, on Leslie Street, free of charge for a year.
• Approved a separate ordinance returning management of the T.C. Coley Community Center to the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department.
• Agreed to condemn a vacant lot at 114 S. Slocumb St.
• Approved a budget amendment to reflect a 2017 Urgent Repair Program grant of $100,000, which was used by the city’s Community Relations Department.
• Approved a rezoning request at the east side of North Berkeley Boulevard between Holly Road and East New Hope Road.