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November 15--  Residents of Lyons will pay more for trash pickup starting in the new year.  The Lyons City Council approved the increase at its November meeting which amounts to $2 a month for residential and commercial roll carts.  The new fee is $15 a month residential and $21 a month commercial.

Dumpster prices are increasing $3 a month for a four-yard dumpster, $5 a month for a six-yard dumpster and $6 a month for an eight-yard dumpster.

Republic Services provides trash pickup for the city and recently requested a 3.06% increase based on the Consumer Price Index.  The city approved a 1% increase and is raising rates to consumers to pay for the increase.

Lyons is closer to upgrading its two wastewater treatment plants.  Earlier this year the city determined bids in the $17-million range for the project were too high and embarked on what is called a "Progressive Design Build" process to hold down costs and give the city more flexibility in designing the upgrades.

Four companies have been selected to make proposals on how they would meet city objectives if given the opportunity and are expected to make their submissions by December 5.  Those competing for the job include McLendon Enterprises of Toombs County, BRW Construction of Garden City, Reynolds Construction of Fairburn and P.F. Moon of West Point.  Their proposals will be evaluated by the city's consultant on the project, Weideman and Singleton Engineering of Atlanta.

The project has the attention of economic developers in Toombs County because one of the plants serves the Toombs Corporate Center north of Lyons and needs additional wastewater treatment capacity in order to compete for industries which need water for manufacturing.  The county has a new building sitting vacant in the corporate center.

In other actions at the meeting, the City Council:

* approved longevity payments to the city's 48 full-time employees.

* agreed to a 50-50 match for a $170,000 federal grant for work at Faison Park.

* okayed a zoning change to rezone 370 Columbia Avenue from residential to commercial for a new auto care shop.

* annexed nearly four acres of land on Highway 178 into the city allowing Eugene Edwards, Jr. to expand his auto body shop grounds.

* passed a resolution welcoming more than 500 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to Lyons for a statewide conference this weekend.

*  heard a complaint from Kip Hart regarding creation of a no parking zone along U.S. One north of the railroad tracks.

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