WESTERNPORT - Westernport citizens will soon see a raise in their garbage collection fees, and Allen Shapiro, finance commissioner, gave the details in his report to the city's council members this week.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT - Westernport citizens will soon see a raise in their garbage collection fees, and Allen Shapiro, finance commissioner, gave the details in his report to the city’s council members this week.
“The former garbage collection company went out of business,” he said, adding that a long-term proposal for this service was received from Burgmeier’s Hauling of Cumberland.
Shapiro said part of the proposal from Burgmeier’s would involve a three percent raise for garbage collection starting in 2020, plus a three percent raise in 2021.
He also gave information on another issue dealing with garbage collection in the community, when he said, “There is a $500 deficit per month for the garbage collection.”
He explained that the garbage collection fees are included in with Westernport’s water bills, and, “When citizens do not pay their water bills, the garbage is also not paid.”
Shapiro said a $1 addition per month per customer for garbage collection will allow for the community “to break even” with the garbage fees.
The council members approved this slight raise to be included in with the water bills and will begin with the March billing cycle.
In other business, Dave Caporale, newly-elected Allegany County commissioner, was present at the Westernport council meeting, and he wanted the council members to know that he “will work with all the county’s municipalities.”
He added, “I want to be a partner with Westernport.”
In addition, Shane LaRue was named as the new community’s code enforcement officer.