DADE CITY — Pinched by rising fuel costs and spotty participation, the City Commission voted Tuesday night to scale back the curbside recycling program.
Starting Sept. 1, Central Carting will pick up recyclables twice a month instead of once a week. The pickup days will be on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.
Provider Central Carting said the reduced service made better sense because of increased fuel expenses and low customer participation.
Also Tuesday night, commissioners accepted Dade City Sunrise Rotary's donation of exercise equipment for the city's Hardy Trail.
The Rotary club received a $4,000 grant from the Florida Rotary District 6950, which it used to purchase benches and exercise stations for the trail. Commissioners voted to accept the equipment and assume responsibility for its maintenance.
The upkeep shouldn't tax the city's public works department.
"We're probably talking a few hours a year," said Laura Beagles, director of administrative services, before the meeting.
Commissioners postponed moving forward with an ordinance that would return utility deposits to reliable customers.
If approved, customers would have their deposits returned after two years of service, providing the customers had paid on time and not had their services disconnected.
On the flip side, utility customers who are disconnected because of a late or returned payment would have to pay an additional deposit under the proposed ordinance.
Mayor Scott Black expressed concern that returning the deposits could hurt the city financially if a family skipped town before paying their final bill.
The commission will gauge public opinion before deciding whether to introduce the ordinance.
Helen Anne Travis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 521-6518.