Waste bills in Brunswick are set to rise if city commissioners accept the recommendation at Monday’s finance committee meeting.

Republic Services submitted a low bid to continue providing waste collection for the city, but at a higher cost.

Annual residential fees will increase by $40 to a new cost of $306 per year, which is included in the annual tax bill. Commercial services will increase to $555 per year, including garbage pick-up, yard waste and recycling.

Residential customers can pay an additional $90 per year for an additional waste container and commercial customers will pay $126 for an additional container.

Service will include weekly garbage pickup, bi-weekly yard waste pickup and monthly bulk item pickup.

As part of the agreement, residents who use recycling bins for waste will have those containers removed to prevent recycling items from being mixed with items that cannot be accepted. Republic Services will also have two locations where glass, loose items and recycling items can be dropped off.

“The city spent a lot of time reviewing the contract and improving service to the community,” City Manager Regina McDuffie said.

The city considered recycling subscriptions but opted to provide the service to all customers, she said.

Republic Services will have expectations, including a documented complaint system and a requirement to respond to a complaint about a missed pickup within 24 hours. A brochure will be sent to Republic customers explaining the service and responsibilities of the company and those it serves.

The long-awaited repaving of Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick will begin around mid-March.

Municipal Engineer Garrow Alberson said there is an urgent need to complete other planned road improvements by mid-summer when the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to resurface US 17. .

Some of the planned municipal works include a second left turn lane at the intersection of Gloucester Street and Lanier Boulevard and new road signs. It is also planned to reduce traffic jams during morning and afternoon rush hours.

“We want this project done before the Highway 17 project if possible,” Alberson said.

The works will be paid for through the SPLOST 6 road improvement fund.

There may soon be a fifth shopping area on Gloucester Street in Brunswick.

The aim is to find tenants for some of the larger buildings that have been vacated in recent years. Travis Stegall, director of the city’s economic and community development authority, said other business areas in the city have been successful in attracting new businesses and jobs.

“We are talking about important buildings,” he said. “There is a greater possibility of connecting the city center to the city center.”

Stegall said he regularly receives calls to his office with questions about economic zone opportunities in the city.

“They attract investment,” he said.

A loan approved for Country Boy Cooking, a Norwich Street business, was put on hold after Mayor Cosby Johnson wanted more documentation to show the $10,000 would be repaid.

Stengall explained that the aim of the revolving loan fund is to help residents and business owners make improvements along the Norwich Street corridor.

“When we go to a bank to get a loan, there’s a lot of paperwork and viability to make sure it’s a good investment,” Johnson said. “We want to make sure we get a return on that financially.”

Johnson asked committee members to delay a recommendation on loan approval until more information is gathered.

But Stengall said the business owner had already paid for the improvements needed to expand the restaurant, on the understanding that the loan had been approved.

“We worked on this program,” he said.

Johnson, however, called for a vote to be postponed for a month or two.

“I want it to remain viable and to develop and grow in the space it’s in,” Johnson said. “What matters to me is to do things well.”