City residents and some small business owners could see a decrease in their monthly sanitation fee after one bid for the twice-a-week service for the next six years came in lower than expected, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen said last week.

Waste Pro of Meridian submitted the low monthly bid of $8.99 per residence and small business to provide garbage pickup within the city limits.

The only other bid, $11, was from Coolidge Trucking Systems of Preston.

Aldermen took the bids under advisement for further study.

City residents and some business owners currently pay $11.70 a month for garbage pickup, City Clerk James Johnson said.

Aldermen increased the fee from $10.70 to $11.70 in September 2012 after seeing a $24,651 shortfall, due mostly to delinquent fees and an increase in the Consumer Price Index, Johnson said.

The fee was raised from $10 to $10.70 the previous year.

Should the board accept Waste Pro's bid, aldermen could elect to reduce the fee passed down to homeowners and businesses.

Under state law the city cannot make a profit from collections nor can it subsidize waste disposal, Johnson said.

However, the new monthly rate will probably be slightly higher than $8.99 to cover the delinquent accounts, he said.

"The board will have to decide the rate," Johnson said.

Waste Pro's new bid was 3.64 percent or $12,460 less than the annual rate city residents and business owners currently pay.

The bid also noted that the CPI adjustment would not apply on the next contract anniversary date, bringing the actual savings to city residents to more than $19,423 annually.

The fee is collected by Philadelphia Utilities as part of its electrical and water bills and later reimbursed to the city.

Waste Pro currently serves more than 3,100 households and businesses in the city with twice-a-week collections.

In other action, aldermen:

• Paid the claims.

• Accepted Deanco Auction's bid of $3225 as the highest and best bid for the 1997 F350 rescue truck.

• Amended the budget to place money from the sale of the rescue truck in the fire department's capital outlay.

• Employed Joshua M. Ray as a police officer for $13.50 an hour effective March 4.

•Approved a $50.84 insurance rebate for Dan Refre because of a cancelation of insurance.

The money is reimbursed to the city.

•Authorized the building official to attend the annual BOAM Conference on June 23-27 in Biloxi and pay travel expenses and registration fee.

•Approved a beer permit for HS Food Mart (the Super Saver next to Bumpers) because of a change of ownership.