Healdsburg poised to extend garbage contract

The Healdsburg City Council is poised to extend its contract with the city's garbage hauler for 10 years after the company agreed to sweeten its offer for a long-term deal.

The extension would add about 1.5 percent to a typical residential bill in the first year.

Redwood Empire Disposal offered a number of inducements for a 10-year rather than 5-year contract, including offering some discounted rates and paying the city a one-time, $150,000 contract extension fee.

The refuse company also agreed to haul sludge from the city's new wastewater plant, a savings of about $160,000 annually, according to public works officials.

"Overall, the package looks good for the community and the ratepayer," Mayor Jim Wood said Friday.

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