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City council debate money saving proposals

LAWTON, Okla._The latest attempt by the city to save money by reducing trash pickup to one time a week has apparently hit another dead end.

Tuesday night, the city council debated the idea as they work toward approving a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st.

They were divided over whether the savings generated would be worth the inconvenience created for a city that's grown accustomed to the twice-a-week system. Councilman Jay Burk pushed for the change, saying those residents who were concerned that their trash would overflow their bins, should pay the $5.00 monthly fee to rent a second cart.

"At some point, you have to either raise the cost of doing the service twice weekly, or the people that need twice a week, such as myself. I pay the extra 5 bucks," Burk said.

The lack of agreement on the issue prompted the city finance director to announce he would revise his budget proposal, and keep the trash collection schedule as is, and search for savings elsewhere.

The council approved a proposal to secure a loan to pay for the city's share of the Waurika Lake silt removal project. The cost will be passed on to residents, with a utility bill fee of $1.42.

They also canceled the cloud seeding contract, and removed the $1.00 fee that had been added to pay for it.

Members also appointed Jerry Ihler to serve as acting city manager, in the wake of last week's resignation of City Manager Bryan Long.

Ihler currently serves as one of the two assistant city managers for the city of Lawton.

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