Cascade gets their garbage pact

by Abby Lynn Harvey of the Review staff

CASCADE – Afters months of research, the Cascade Village Board accepted a proposal for a garbage hauler at their Tuesday evening meeting.

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 became Advanced Disposal.

Seeing the increase, the village choose to continue service with Advanced Disposal on a month-to-month basis – at a higher rate – instead of renewing their contract, in hopes of finding a new hauler at a lower price.

With the current month-to-month service the village paid $12.23 per unit, plus tax, for service.

The board collected proposals from Advanced Disposal, JMD Disposal out of Waldo and Waste Management.

Ultimately the decision was made to sign a contract with Advanced Disposal.

Advanced Disposal’s proposal for a five year contract came in at $11.35 per unit, plus tax. JMD Disposal’s proposal for a five year contract was presented at $11.50 per unit, plus tax. Waste Management’s proposal for a five year contract came came in at $11.88 per unit, plus tax.

Other factors the board considered included the built-in price increases. Advanced Disposal’s five-year contract price does not increase for the first two years. The increase for years 3-5 will not exceed 3 percent, according to the proposal.

JMD Disposal’s price also remains firm for the first two years and increases at a set interval for the remaining three years.

Waste Management begins increases every 12 months not to exceed 3 percent.

Yet another consideration was the fact that Advanced Disposal would provide bins for trash collection, which Trustee Jim Larson stated he believed would look nicer around the village.

Some discusison was held concerning if the village would be better served to sign a 10 year or five year contract with Advanced Disposal.

“Maybe this won’t be the most popular statement, but I would prefer to go with a five year contract with the possibility of a new local company having their feet on the ground,” Village President David Jaeckels said, suggesting that in five years time there may be a better option.

“We did the right thing for our community,” Jaeckels said of the lengthy research process.

Discussion was held on issues with a resident parking in, and storing personal property in, the alleyway behind Marshall’s. While the property was removed for an estimated two weeks, board members have again observed vehicles being parked in the alley, blocking it. However, tickets cannot be given in the alley as the current ordinance does not apply to alleyways. It was suggested that an ordinance applying to alleys be drafted, thus allowing the ticketing and possible towing of vehicles parked in any alley in the village.

The regular meeting was preceeded by a Joint Review Board meeting and a public hearing concerning the re-zoning of 306 E. Water St. from residential to business-industrial and amendments to the TID boundary and project plan to include a new intake area at Cascade Cheese Co. These resolutions were reviewed and approved by the board.

The next meeting of the Cascade village board will be held Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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