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PoMo looks at taking out the trash - big trash

Port Moody city council will consider a motion to contract out large-item garbage collection in place of the annual spring cleanup collection that was cancelled last October.

Port Moody city council will consider a motion to contract out large-item garbage collection in place of the annual spring cleanup collection that was cancelled last October.

Council voted to defer any decision on the plan at the May 24 council meeting, pending direction from city staff at the next meeting of council on June 14.

The amendment to the city's fees bylaw will look at several options, including establishing a city contract with one or more garbage-removal companies or allowing removal companies to advertise their services on the city's website.

Coun. Mike Clay voted against the move towards facilitating large-item collection for city residents, telling council it isn't the city's role to act as a middle man between residents and private companies.

Coun. Gerry Nuttall voiced support for the move towards a city-supported service as he felt the city could save residents money with a city-wide contract.

The cancellation of the spring cleanup saved the city $65,000 in its annual budget.

tcoyne@tricitynews.com