Republic Services, the contractor who collects the City’s garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, presented to the City Council at its meeting on July 24th and asked the City to consider modifying and extending its current agreement.
The request was presented in the form of a contract extension on the current agreement with the City. The extension would run through May 31, 2028 and would fix set annual increases each year of approximately 3% per year.
Additionally, the contract extension proposed adding a “Recycling Processing Charge” to the City’s monthly invoice on the first of June each year. The charge would reflect changes in commodity pricing, processing rates and/or residual costs. Due to a number of factors, the market for recycled materials has dropped precipitously and making it more difficult for recyclers to remain profitable.
The Council took the proposal under advisement and intends to review the extension along with the existing contract with Republic to determine the long-term financial impact on the City and its residents. The Council will, in all likelihood, make further requests for information from Republic in order to determine what costs impact the rates the City is currently paying the contractor (rates which are among the highest in Scott County, according to both the Contractor and the Waste Commission of Scott County).
They Mayor has also offered to contact the Waste Commission and other small town mayors to allow Riverdale to compare notes on waste and recycling collection costs, processes and procedures in an effort to determine what other options may be available to the City that would result in lower costs and the same, or better, service.
UPDATE from 04/24 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
The engineering firm retained by the City of Riverdale, MSA Professional Services, advised the City Council that work would soon be underway on the Crow Creek Sanitary Sewer and Crow Creek Stabilization Project (ref. Resolution 2018-16).
The contractor on the project, McClintock Trucking and Excavating, has submitted their bonds and executed the agreement with the City. The bid was $27,597.50 – authorized by the City Council at its March 27, 2018 meeting. The contractor and the City’s Engineer (MSA) have met with Scott Community College to discuss details of access and the project schedule.
Work is expected to be completed by the end of May.
MSA will provide regular progress reports on the project at future council meetings.
Congratulations and many thanks to Council Member Anthony Heddleston and a number of Riverdale residents who took some time out of their day on Saturday to help pick up Riverdale.
Councilman Heddleston arranged for free collection bags and supplies from the Waste Commission of Scott County and volunteers helped pick up neighborhoods and parks throughout the day.
Special thanks to Teri Stickler who bagged up loads of bike path trash.
Check out the pictures below …