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Norman City Council debates frequency of recycling service

Norman City Council members on Tuesday debated whether changing the weekly curbside recycling service to every other week requires approval by voters.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: February 21, 2013
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The service rate would remain at $3 per month per household, Bryant said.

“You can't adjust rates, but you can change how you operate the service,” he said.

Councilman Jim Griffith said customers would be getting a better service with the biweekly pickup.

“We are not changing the rate, and we are improving the service,” Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said.

Council members Chad Williams and Roger Gallagher indicated they were undecided on the matter. Gallagher, who is running for a second term on the council, said he plans to ask residents how they feel about it as he campaigns door-to-door.

Williams said the biweekly service might be better “but is it a violation of the ballot language?”

A contract with Waste Management, the company that currently handles the service, is about to expire. Council members are negotiating a five-year contract with Republic Services Inc. to take over the program's operation.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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