Adell trash pickup changing to cart system next spring, board told

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ADELL—The Village Board voted unanimously to enter into a five-year contract with Advanced Disposal that will change how residents’ trash is collected.

Trash is currently picked up at the curb. A few months into 2016, each household will receive two carts, one for trash, one for recyclables.

Mike Thun of Advanced Disposal was present to answer numerous questions board members had, and gave the following information:

Residents will receive a letter, early in 2016, explaining procedures for trash pickup using the carts. Residents not indicating a preference will receive a medium-size, 64-gallon cart for garbage. Otherwise, they can request the larger 96-gallon cart, or the smaller 32-gallon cart.

Thun said the 64-gallon cart is actually the easiest to handle, even for elderly people. While smaller and lighter, the 32-gallon cart’s height makes it awkward to handle.

Cart use will start after winter, probably in April. It is not necessary to put the cart out each week, if the cart does not fill up in that time.

Residents do not have to put garbage in bags of any specific color, but they are asked to put garbage in bags of some kind, and the bags into the carts.

For multiple-family units, each unit receives a set of carts.

The villages of Kohler and Elkhart Lake have both expressed satisfaction in using the same carts, instead of curbside pickup. Thun’s observation, for residents in other communities who have resisted the transition to cart use, is that it takes about six weeks of use before that resistance turns to enthusiastic acceptance.

He said Kohler was against them at first, but once they were implemented, the favorability rate is high.

Residents will receive informational letters about this transition early in 2016.

Other village business

When the Streets and Parks Committee met in the past month, they reviewed what kind of signs could help slow motorists to the proper speed within the village.

Kreutzinger told the board that bright red flags attached to the sides of signs have proven effective in getting attention of drivers. He suggested attaching two to each 25 mph sign. Trustees Kim Peterson and Jane Schneider, also members of the committee, gave other recommended additions and improvements to signs. The board unanimously approved acting on the committee’s recommendations.

Resident Ken Cotter asked the board if they would help pay to have the sidewalk in front of his house straightened. The sidewalk was built to circumvent two trees. The trees were since removed.

Village President Andrew Schmitt and other board members explained that financial responsibility for a sidewalk is with the property owner.

Since the village is looking to plant more trees, Cotter was asked if replacement trees would be desired. He said he’d prefer a tree on his property, but not between the sidewalk and the road.

After some discussion, the board unanimously approved the preliminary 2016 budget.

The board unanimously approved:

A village Halloween party at the firehouse on Saturday, Oct. 31, starting 1:30 p.m.

Trick or Treating for the village on Oct. 31 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Operator’s licenses for Amy Kozloski and Ronda Monty, both for the Adell Mini Mart.


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