Max Denning

The Cove City Council met Tuesday for its October meeting, where it passed an ordinance increasing the rate for curbside garbage pick-up, considered a new speed limit near the Cove schools and approved a conditional use application.

The ordinance increased the cost of curbside garbage pick-up from $14.10 to $14.30 per month.

Darin Larvik of Waste Pro, which handles Cove’s garbage, attended the city council meeting and spoke about how the changing market for recyclables has hurt Waste Pro’s bottom line. Larvik told to The Observer in July about the issue and said he would be going to cities with proposed rate increases. The council unanimously voted to improve the 20 cent increase. City Councilor Regina Kruse said she thought the rate increase was fair.

“I think it’s minimal in comparison to the time and effort that goes into the whole process,” Kruse said.

Next at the meeting was a public hearing for a conditional use application by New Cingular Wireless, also known as AT&T. Jennifer Taylor of Ryka Consulting was there to represent New Cingular Wireless, and outlined how the company is planning to update its cell tower located in Cove.

The upgrades were described as minor modernizations, and the conditional use application was unanimously approved by the council.

Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Humphries spoke next to the council to request that a school zone with a reduced
20 mile per hour speed limit be placed in the area surrounding Cove Elementary School on Haefer Lane. Humphries is also a school resource officer for Cove, North Powder, Union and La Grande. Currently, the speed limit is 25 mph and Humphries said he often catches people speeding down the street near the school.

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer