Waste Management presented a new recycling program to encourage the city of Streator to keep their service, but the program may be available should the company not be selected in a future bidding process.
The current solid waste contract expires at the end of April and David Schaab, municipal marketing manager, presented a new on-demand “At Your Door” service that would allow residents to dispose of electronics, household hazardous wastes, automotive products and more items not allowed in the normal waste collection.
“It’s a need that’s out there and is unaddressed,” he added.
The city of Streator has not competitively bid for the service in 15 years and the council determined last year it should bid the service with City Manager Scot Wrighton noting a fiscal responsibility to its citizens during Tuesday's city council meeting.
Wrighton acknowledged Waste Management has done good work for the city with few complaints.
The “concierge” service allows residents to contact Waste Management and be sent containers for specific types of waste that will then be picked up by the company. These materials include household chemicals, paint products, garden chemicals, and electronics, such as TV, monitors and others. The company has asked Streator not to bid out the service, but will offer the new disposal service regardless if selected.
This service would replace the e-recycling day has previously been held.
Schaab said this material usually sits in a house for years with some residents ultimately deciding to flush or pour it down a drain.
“We do not want it in our sewer register,” Wrighton said.
Schaab said an alternative, legal option would encourage residents to dispose of hazardous material properly and could put Streator "in a leadership position" as the service would be new to the Starved Rock Country area.
The service would only be available to residential buildings and would increase the bill the city pays per month, regardless of how many residents use the new service.
Councilman Joe Scarbeary agreed after the presentation that regardless of the introduction of a new service by Waste Management the waste service should still be bid out due to the length of time since the last bid.
In other business, the council discussed:
- Moving forward with a cheaper form of lights to replace the ones owned by the city.
The lights are $79 a piece and come with no warranty. Mayor Jimmie Lansford said he’s already heard positive feedback from the employers on Benchmark Drive where the first few lights have been installed. Eighty-five percent of lights in the city are owned by Commonwealth Edison and leased to the city. These lights will not be replaced at this time as a previously researched rebate program was not as generous as previously thought.
- An alternative way to close out its community development block grant revolving loan fund. City engineer Jeremy Palm updated the council regarding changes in the state’s process for ending the program. Palm said it’s the staff’s goal to make sure no money is lost through the process.
- Creating an administrative adjudication process to resolve certain types of ordinance violations that were otherwise handled through municipal court, excluding moving traffic violations and certain building code violations.The decision was researched in an effort to identify new revenue sources. The city council decided not to move forward due to concerns that additional personnel or appeals could make the cost earnings negligible. The council still expressed interest in continuing to research the option.