“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.