Hunt for garbage hauler continues in Cascade

by Abby Lynn Harvey of The Review staff

CASCADE – The search continues in Cascade for a more economic answer to the current garbage hauling situation in which several municipalities have found themselves.

Last fall the village, as well as many other local municipalities, saw a large increase in the cost of hauling services when Veolia Environmental Services was purchased by Advanced Disposal.

Currently the village is paying $13.02 per unit per month. However, after the sale last fall, the village chose not to sign a contract with Advanced Disposal resulting in a higher fee for month-to-month service. If a contract is approved it is assumed that the fee will be less.

The board chose — instead of signing a contract with Advanced Disposal — to try to find a less expensive option. At the July meeting of the board they reviewed proposals and agreed to take a closer look at the proposals and address the issue again at the August meeting, held Tuesday.

Village President David Jaeckels noted at the meeting however, that the variations present in the proposals made it difficult to make an informed comparison.

“One thing that I did notice that I think we need to redo here is there’s inconsistencies as far as the proposals,” he said. “Some of them have a monthly pick up for recyclables, others don’t.”

Because of these differences in the proposals the board agreed to table the issue once more and return to the haulers with more specific requests.

A group of concerned residents of Bobolink Lane and Cardinal Court were present at the meeting to express displeasure with the quality of the recent seal coating of the road.

In May the board voted to approve a fly ash application for the work.

Bobolink Lane is a fairly new road, but Streets Committee Chairman Todd Starnitcky explained that the seal coating was done to keep it in acceptable condition. He had observed cracks and other issues beginning to appear on the road leading to his May recommendation.

Those at the meeting asked why the choice was made to go with a fly-ash procedure. The substance used, they said, has been sticking to their tires and is being tracked onto driveways, into garages and into their homes.

One mother stated that she’s had to replace several bike tires and others noted that the active children in the area are no longer able to bike or skateboard on the surface.

In Cardinal Court, it was stated that trenches are beginning to form in the roadway from tires running over it because the surface remains tacky. Also in the area it was stated that the new sealing does not extend all the way to the driveways, leaving a gap.

Jaeckels stated that the surface would harden after the winter and would flatten out during the colder seasons as well. He request that the street be swept again to eliminate as much loose debris as possible for the time being.

The choice to approve the fly-ash procedure was made after a comparison with a slurry seal procedure. The slurry seal cost roughly $2,000 more than the fly ash and while this process would have eliminated the issue of loose debris, it would have required that one side of the road be closed for 24 hours. The next day the other side would have been closed. This would have caused complications as residents would not have been able to access their driveways during that time.

Trustee Jim Larson voted against the fly ash procedure in May, while the rest of the board voted to go ahead with it.

The annual village rummage sale will be held Aug. 3. The cub scouts will be holding a brat fry in the bank parking lot at this time as well.

Trick or Treating was set for Oct. 27 from 2-5 p.m.

The next meeting of the Cascade Village Board will be held Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

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