Town Board considers garbage options

by Verla Peichl
Falls News Correspondent

The Sheboygan Falls Town Board renewed all license requests for soda, Class B Combo liquor, Class B beer only, temporary Class B beer/wine and salvage yard renewal for Akright Auto Wrecking Inc., during a monthly meeting Monday, June 3, at the Sheboygan Falls Town Hall.

However, the board tabled a license renewal request for the Bains Mobile Home Park. The license has not been renewed due to complaints regarding abandoned trailers in the park.

Town Clerk Jenny Meyer, will be sending the owners a letter of notice regarding the abandoned trailers, noting the board’s concerns about health, safety and fire issues.

The license renewal will be addressed again at the next Town Board meeting on Monday, July 1.

The board addressed road maintenance at great length. Last year Scott Theobald of C&S Construction purchased a new product called Polypatch and it has been noted that this product works well and has held up during the winter.

The board voted to purchase $5,000 worth of the product with the option of a $1,000 increase should it be necessary, for use on roads where it would work the best, such as Rio Road. The decision to use it will be at Theobald’s discretion.

Struck and Irwin Paving, Inc. will furnish materials and labor that are necessary to complete the work needed on Sunset Road from State 23 to County C. There will be spray patching work at a cost of $4,335.75 and slurry seal work at a cost of $33,722.50 for a total cost of $38,058.25.

Improvements are being considered for Linwood Road. An estimate, without grinding, has been received from Sheboygan County at a cost of $16,070 for seal coating. Northeast Asphalt has indicated that it would cost $4,000 to pulverize the north/south section of the road. The final decision is remains under review.

The board has not made a decision or performed any action regarding garbage collection.

At a special meeting on May 13, the board reviewed the following options provided by Mike Thun of Advanced Disposal, formerly Veolia.

• Do not provide any services and let the residents contract whomever they see fit. The estimated cost to each resident is $40- $50 per month. The towns of Lyndon and Plymouth already do this.

• Issue stickers to those who would like to have curbside pickup at their residence to be placed on bags and allow others to contract privately. Estimated cost depends on number of participating residents.

• Create a manned drop-off site for the residents to bring their garbage and recycling. Residents would purchase a permit/tag that they need to show when they come to drop-off. The towns of Herman, Sherman, Russell, Lima, Wilson and Rhine currently utilize this method.

The estimated cost from Advanced Disposal is $50,000, plus additional employees and equipment for the site.

• Continue to provide curbside pickup. The town of Greenbush currently provides curbside pickup every other week as one of the largest rural areas in the county.

Advanced Disposal would like a long-term contract for curbside service, and would offer cost savings with an estimated 3 percent yearly increase after two years, plus fuel cost when it is different than the contracted gas price.

Advanced would also like to start issuing canisters to all residents to automate their pickup, similar to Calumet County. Cost of cans would be included in the price of the contract and Advanced Disposal would provide all maintenance and repairs to cans.

One can would be garbage one can would be recycling. Cans would have a limit of 95 gallons each. Residents would pay for any additional cans.

No action was taken by the board at this time.

Town Clerk Jenny Meyer, will send a letter to Waste Management and have them compare what type of service they would be willing to provide and at what cost.

The next Sheboygan Falls Town Board meeting will take place Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m. at the Sheboygan Falls Town Hall.

The town’s open book session will run from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, July 8 and the Board of Review will take place Wednesday, July 31, from 6-8 p.m.

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