NORMAN — At least one city council member thinks voters should decide whether the curbside recycling program should be changed from a weekly service to every other week.
Councilman Tom Kovach said voters in 2007 approved the recycling program based on ballot language that specified it was a weekly service. To change to a biweekly service would not be in conformance with the ballot language, he said.
City Attorney Jeff Bryant said his legal opinion is that a vote is not needed to make the change. Residents voted on the $3 rate that is charged for the service, not how the service is delivered, he said.
Council members debated the issue during a study session Tuesday, with most members siding with Bryant's legal opinion.
The council wants to switch to every other week to keep costs of the program down.
With a biweekly service, bins would be traded in for “polycarts” that would hold twice as many items. The carts would have lids and wheels, and cardboard would be added as a recyclable material, Utilities Director Ken Komiske said.