What’s new: The Omaha City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the city’s trash collection contract with Deffenbaugh Industries Inc.
The details: Currently, city officials say, the cost of fuel to run Deffenbaugh’s trucks is harming the company’s bottom line. In 2004, city officials said, diesel fuel cost $2.11 per gallon. Prices this week were closer to $3.70 per gallon in the Midwest.
What we already knew: The changes to the city’s trash collection contract would also allow for the year-round collection of yard waste. But another change to the contract’s terms, brought on by rising fuel prices, could cost the city up to $1.1 million extra per year.
— Juan Perez Jr.