City of Goldsboro staff is in preliminary discussions with base officials that could lead to the city providing trash pickup service at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

The service would be limited to the pickup of commercial dumpsters and the collection of recyclables at base facilities and offices. Residential trash service is not included in the proposal, said Rick Fletcher, Goldsboro public works director.

Fletcher plans to seek Goldsboro City Council input today during its evening work session.

"The government came out with a new initiative to build partnerships," Fletcher said. "It's something we're looking into. Before I go any further, I wanted to know if the council has any (objections)."

Providing service will involve startup costs for the city, including trash-service vehicles, dumpsters and rollout containers. Initial estimates include an annual cost of $232,780 for the first five years, due to financing costs for the equipment. After five years, the cost is expected to reduce to about $80,000. Revenues are also planned to increase to nearly $250,000 after the first five years.

Depending on feedback from council, Fletcher is prepared to start the negotiation process with base officials. The council will revisit the agreement and be required to approve an intergovernmental support agreement with base officials, which could last five to 10 years and be renewed.

The city's trash service at the base is anticipated to save money. The base currently contracts the service with a private company, Fletcher said.

"We have the potential to do it at a lesser cost," he said. "There are multiple installations doing this."

The council will meet for its Monday work session at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall annex, at 200 N. Center St.

Also during the work session, the council will be presented with $850,000 in hardware upgrades for the city's computer network.

The largest costs include the purchase of 90 laptops for police and fire vehicles, at $360,000, and 40 network upgrades for all city facilities, at $350,000. Other purchases include $60,000 for the storage of the city's network, a $30,000 phone system upgrade, a $16,000 security system upgrade for city facilities, two servers and other related equipment.

During the council's regular 7 p.m. meeting in City Hall, at 214 N. Center St., the council will review a N.C. Department of Transportation right-of-way agreement for the Goldsboro Fire Department station on Patetown Road.

DOT is offering the city $33,350 for a half-acre of right of way, a permanent drainage easement, a drainage utility easement, 385 square feet of asphalt paving, 660 square feet of concrete paving and a portion of split rail fencing along the front of the property. DOT is seeking to acquire the area to make way for its William Street Widening Project.

The council will also revisit site plans for a proposed car wash, on a half-acre property on North William Street, between Orange and 11th Street and next to Greenleaf Grace Village.