Modesto garbage fees could change

Every penny counts these days, and homeowners soon could get to keep almost 90 cents more each month.

The City Council votes tonight on whether to reset garbage collection fees. If approved, the maximum residential bill would drop from $23.27 to $22.37 monthly. Commercial rates would go up, with maximum bills increasing to $41.29 from $39.34.

The city periodically adjusts trash pickup rates. The price break for residential customers was prompted by a recent drop in diesel fuel costs.

Also on tonight's agenda:

Consider accepting a $4.4 million federal grant to fund 13 police officer positions. The grant will allow the city to rehire eight officers who were laid off in July because of budget cuts. The city will hire five new officers with the money, which covers officer salaries for the next three years.

Consider accepting a $1.3 million federal grant for improvements at Modesto Airport. Part of the grant would pay for construction projects, including runway safety enhancements.

Consider approving a cost-sharing agreement between Modesto and Ceres to develop a regional waste- water system feasibility study. The cities would evenly split the cost of $100,000.

The City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.

Bee staff writer Leslie Albrecht can be reached at or 578-2378.