Town, trash hauler working on deal

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— Town officials are working with Waste Management to hammer out a new two-year contract that is expected to increase rates and add recycling service and a new fee for additional trash.
The Board of Trustees has ordered Town Manager Rob Straebel to finalize a contract with Waste Management that will increase collection rates.
Each home pays about $12.50 for trash collection, and senior citizens pay $7.50. The current contract expires Sept. 30.
The new fees for the collection service are expected to increase to $15.75 per home and $12.75 for senior citizens.
"The prices are quite reasonable," Straebel said. "We are happy with them. I expect to have a contract finalized by the end of the month."
Waste Management intends on collecting trash from the town every Tuesday.
Recycling service is also expected to be put into the contract. Waste Management is willing to set up a satellite center where residents can drop of material that can be recycled.
"Our intent is to make recycling a viable option," said Tony Pilkington, a division sales manager for Waste Management.
Recycled material include newspaper, cardboard, magazines, steel or tin cans, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles and jars.
The location of the satellite center, and the day and frequency of the service, still needs to be worked out, Straebel said.
The contract is also expected to include a new fee for large items or bulky waste left by residents at the curb.
According to the expected contract, the company will collect trash from a 96-gallon trash can. Additional trash left at the curb is subject to an additional fee, he said.
Fees will be charged to residents who leave tires, washers, dryers, stoves, sofas, beds, televisions, microwaves, water heaters and extra bags of trash at the curb, Pilkington said. The fees will range from $1 to $15, he said.
To implement the new service, Waste Management is hopeful residents who are getting rid of a bulky item will contact the company 24 hours in advance.
Because of physical and mechanical limitations for drivers, bulky service requests must be scheduled in advance so the company can make arrangements for the collection and take any safety precautions, he said.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail gsalazar@amigo.net

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