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Waste Management will continue to take out Wilton Manors’ trash.

Commissioners passed an ordinance to extend the city’s contract with Waste Management Inc. of Florida. The contract, originally dated September 1, 2016, was extended for two years. Rates under the extended agreement will increase 3.6%.

Recycling pick-up has been consolidated into one day, on Wednesdays, city-wide. Weekend garbage collection was eliminated, allowing drivers to have weekends off. Under the new contract, the total residential monthly rate for solid waste and recycling is $22.77 per unit.

Total annual city fees for solid waste collection and disposal services and recycling services are $516,500. Commissioner Gary Resnick asked city staff to prepare a request for proposal in six months to open the bidding process again.

Other notes from the Jan. 11 meeting:

Mayor Scott Newton asked for a moment of silence in memory of the two children (Andrea Fleming, 6 and Kylie Jones, 5) killed in a Dec. 27 vehicle crash on Powerline Road. Newton also recognized the death of longtime Library Director Rick Sterling. Sterling passed away on Dec. 20 at the age of 70.

Police Chief Gary Blocker announced the promotion of officer William Findlan to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Findlan joined the department in April 2015. “He has done a tremendous amount of good for those he serves here in our Island City,” Blocker said. Sgt. Findlan began his public safety career in 1986 as a firefighter for the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and through the years has served as a police academy training instructor, swat team medic, auxiliary state trooper and deputy fire chief.

Assistant City Manager Pamela Landi said 82% of the city’s general employees and 74% of the police department’s sworn officers are vaccinated for COVID-19. Resident Michael Rajner asked city leaders to be role models and wear masks. “We really are still in a vulnerable time,” said Rajner, who commented virtually while recovering from a bout with the Omicron variant.

Resident Paul Kuta reminded the commission to be careful with wording for its 75th-anniversary celebrations. On April 28, 1947 the State of Florida officially recognized Wilton Manors as a village. Residents incorporated into a village to escape annexation attempts by the City of Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Manors did not become a city until 1953.

Broward County District 4 Commissioner Lamar Fisher visited the city chambers. “I’m going to claim you,” Fisher said, before making his pitch as a point of contact for county services. Fisher currently serves as county vice mayor and his district covers a majority of Wilton Manors. Newly appointed District 8 Commissioner Jared Moskowitz covers the city’s westside.

The next regular commission meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25.

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