EL approves 10-year garbage pact

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The village has a new 10-year garbage collection contract, and residents will soon be getting new bins to put their garbage out in.

The Village Board Monday approved a new contract with Advanced Disposal that will require village residents to put their garbage in plastic bins that will be provided by Advanced.

“The bins will be delivered the week of May 27 and pickup (with them) will begin the first week of June,” Village Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly told board members.

Trustee Pam Garton said the Public Health and Welfare Committee had recommended the new pact. “There’s just more upsides than downsides to it and being able to keep it at that price for 10 years was convincing.”

Village President Alan Rudnick said residents are taking the proposed change to standard bins well, although he conceded, “There is going to be a transition.”

Each resident will be able to get two bins from Advanced at no cost, Reilly explained, one for garbage and one for co-mingled recyclables.

One plus with the bins is that residents can use any color garbage bags, even black ones, she added, instead of clear bags only for garbage and blue bags for recyclables.

The board also voted to accept five bicycle racks from Sheboygan County, part of the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program.

Trustee Richard Sadiq said the racks will become the property of the village and are to be placed on municipal property for public use.

The Public Works Committee was assigned the task of finding appropriate locations for the racks.

Matt Flora presented the annual report for the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Athletic Association.

He told the board the association, which continues to enjoy stable numbers and finances, made a significant investment last year in resurfacing the upper and lower fields at June Vollrath Park.

Rudnick and several board members praised Flora and the ELGAA for their support of the creation of the new Jeanette Moioffer Park on the east side of June Vollrath Park.

“It was a great instance of public private effort to get that done and your organization played an integral part in that,” Rudnick told Flora. “Now kids will be able to access that park (Vollrath Park) and it’s a great new access into the park and the village.”

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