Expanding the city's garbage collection service to include up to 571 more homes shouldn't be a significant hit to the budget, said the city's operations superintendent.
During Monday night's council meeting, Bill Gaal said the increase in solid waste services would amount to the extra fuel required.
"We have done preliminary investigations, obviously. We won't have to purchase new vehicles or anything, it would be with existing staff," he said.
Public meetings will be held with residents in the affected areas of Chief Lake, Old Summit Lake, Landooz and Hoferkamp roads and Cranbrook Hill and staff recommends the proposal go to a mail-in vote.
While the votes will be conducted regionally, the bylaw is likely to be an all-or-nothing scenario if the majority consent to a new service, said Gaal.
Coun. Dave Wilbur said staff should be prepared to address concerns about the service change for those who live in more rural areas frequented by wildlife.
"Many of us who live rural did so knowingly and have taken care of our garbage and recyclables and done willingly," Wilbur said. "One of the things that comes from that is that we are stewards and we don't leave stuff out for the bears to get into."