CHINA — A controversial increase in trash fees that takes effect Jan. 1 isn’t scheduled to be discussed when selectmen meet Monday.

Fees charged to commercial trash haulers for residential waste will double, from one cent to two cents per pound, according to a July 18 board vote.

In the spring, selectmen quadrupled commercial hauler’s fees for all types of waste, from one to four cents per pound, or $20 to $80 per ton, effective July 1.

Haulers protested against so large an increase in the middle of the calendar year, when their budgets have already been set

Selectmen agreed to restore the one-cent-per-pound rate for waste from private homes for six months, with a condition that the fee would double in 2012, unless other action was taken.

Other action, they have said, depends in part on results of the solid waste survey conducted in July and August.

Three of the commercial haulers serving China homes came to the board’s Dec. 5 meeting to ask for action before Jan. 1.

Board Chairman Peter Foote said they would be on Monday’s agenda. However, Town Manager Dan L’Heureux said Friday that the survey results aren’t ready yet and so the issue won’t be discussed at Monday’s meeting.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include the first draft of the 2012-13 municipal budget, with detailed review scheduled to begin Jan. 2; plans to deal with foreclosed properties; the future of the Branch Mills dam and mill building; efforts to revive the China Historical Society; a report from the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee; and the Planning Board’s requested ordinance amendments concerning home occupations, for the June ballot.

Selectmen meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Town Office meeting room.


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