TALLADEGA -- The City Council voted to approve a new solid waste contract by a vote of 4-1 Monday night, with Councilman Jarvis Elston casting the dissenting vote. Elston said he voted against the contract because it will raise the monthly expenses for city residents by almost $2 per month.

According to City Manager Brian Muenger, the monthly rate for garbage and trash pickup will rise from $16.64 per month to $18.60 per month under the new contract. This contract includes an on-site supervisor, and will include new trash bins for customers and new equipment for the company. Although the new contract represents an increase from last year, it is still below the 2011 level of $20.95 per month, according to Muenger.

The company submitting the winning bid was Waste Pro. Muenger said the company did not submit the lowest base bid of the five received, but did submit the lowest bid that included an on-site supervisor, listed as alternate 1. In the past, Muenger said, having an on-site supervisor improved responsiveness and decreased the number of service issues.

During the same meeting, the council also approved a new version of the animal control contract covering the unincorporated areas of Talladega County.

In this instance, the city’s compensation will increase from $63,227 to $80,000 per year. There is also a provision allowing for annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index.

Muenger said the cost of the services provided has been rising steadily.

The contract has already been approved by the Talladega County Commission. The city’s compensation for providing animal control has not increased since 2008.

The new contract also clarifies that the city will not pick up dogs running at large in unincorporated areas. The rest of the language, including maintenance of a facility in Talladega and vehicles, remains largely unchanged.

The council also tabled a one-time lump-sum payment to the city’s retirees from Retirement System of Alabama funds as approved by the state legislature. This will come up again during a called meeting following a budget work session tentatively set for Monday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m.

Also Monday, the council:

o Approved the temporary closing of the eastern entrance only to the alleyway behind the Ritz Theater, between East and Court Streets. Public parking on both of those streets will remain available, however.

O Voted 4-1, with Elston dissenting, to place a street light at Alice and McMillan streets. Elston declined to comment on the reason for his no vote.

O Announced that the date for the paving bid conference would be moved back two weeks, but the paving project would still be finished on time.

O Voted 4-1 to approve an off-premises beer and wine license for Benny’s at Six Points. Again, Elston cast the dissenting vote over concerns about the ownership of the store. Benny and Charlotte Green have not owned the store for some time, but it is still called Benny’s.

O Extended the moratorium on new title pawn and payday advance businesses another 90 days. The city will eventually be considering buffer zones and other zoning regulations to prevent unregulated growth without affecting existing businesses.

O Approved a $3,500 contract for soccer officiating with Coosa Valley Officials Association.

O Approved a contract with McCain Uniforms of Birmingham for police and fire uniforms. This is the first time uniforms have been competitively bid, but McCain has had the contract for several years.

O Approved a contract with Tectra American for installation of a new roof at the surface water treatment plant.

O Approved a contract with Utility Services Company for rehabilitation of the Mount Olive water tank for $111,250.

O Approved a purchase agreement with Morrow Water for a booster station for $155,000. The Presbyterian Home donated the easement, Munger said.

O Approved a contract with REV Construction for the repair or replacement of 1,500 linear feet of 8-inch pipe, 30 point repairs, seven manhole replacements and three manhole rehabilitations for $379,688.50.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.