Garbage, crossing covered

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The first phase of the city’s new residential garbage collection system will be rolling out in less than two weeks.

And by the time it does, the railroad crossing on North Milwaukee Street will be closed permanently.

The City Council got updates on both items Tuesday.

Michael Thun, Sheboygan site manager for Advanced Disposal, outlined for the council the upcoming changes to residential garbage collection.

That includes a switch to wheeled carts for garbage and one-day-a-week collection in the city.

“We are still on schedule to begin to set out the carts on the 24th of October,” Thun stated. “Everybody in the city will be going to Tuesday pickup starting Jan. 3.”

Delivery of the carts – one for garbage and one for recyclables for each household – should be completed by the end of the week of Oct. 24, according to Thun.

“If you don’t have your carts by Friday afternoon, please call us,” Thun told city residents. He added that residents should start using the new carts as soon as they get them, although the collection day will not change until after the first of the year.

He said the company is asking for patience and cooperation from city residents during the changeover.

“The fun will start in about two weeks, we’ll have about three weeks of bumps, then it will all smooth out. That’s the way it usually works,” Thun predicted.

“We will meet with anybody who does call us with questions. We’ll talk with them about the proper place to put their carts. We will figure it out with them, we just ask please be patient with us,” Thun commented.

He said the company will send two mailers in December to customers explaining the changes, including the switch to one collection day, Tuesday, for the entire city.

Thun said garbage should be placed out by 7 a.m. on the day of collection, but not more than 12 hours before that.

Public Works Director Bill Immich presented a plan for the permanent closing of the Milwaukee Street rail crossing.

Temporary barricades will go up at Western Avenue and Milwaukee Street, and Elizabeth and Milwaukee streets, in the next two weeks.

“Coming in the next few weeks it will be your last trip through there, so if you want to be sentimental, now’s the time to do it,” Immich said of the pending closing.

Next spring, the curb and gutter on the east side of Western Avenue will be extended to close off the Milwaukee Street intersection. Pavement will be removed and a grass buffer will be planted along Western Avenue.

North of the crossing, a beam guard will be installed across Milwaukee Street. An eight-foot wide private pedestrian walkway will be built between North Milwaukee Street and Western Avenue to allow Sartori employees access between buildings on either side of Western.

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