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October 16, 2013

Officials say city to continue covering trash fees for 2014

NAPPANEE — Nappanee Board of Public Works members reviewed and discussed specifications for the city’s refuse collection and is examining options for 2014 and the future.

Mayor Larry Thompson and Clerk-Treasurer Kim Ingle have said in past meetings since the city is receiving less revenue due to property tax caps they may have to start charging fees for trash removal, but they found a way to fund it at least for 2014.

Borden Waste-Away has been the city’s refuse collector for many years and the current contract expires at the end of the year. Ingle said representatives from Borden approached city officials in July with a proposal to change the way refuse collection is conducted.

Ingle said she, the mayor, city attorney Brian Hoffer and Street Superintendent Brent Warren had several meetings with Borden’s representative and Ingle said Borden’s “presented a very interesting cost pursuant to specifications.”

Ingle said she and Hoffer have been working to find out if they can just renew the contract with Borden’s or if they have to put it out to bid. Ingle said they’ve spent hours talking to state officials and have reached the point where Hoffer is writing an attorney’s opinion for renewing.

Ingle asked board members to take the specifications under advisement and by the next meeting they hope to have a firmer handle on whether they can renew or re-bid, but either way the city wants to use these specifications.

The mayor said he believes the changes are good ones. Residents will be provided with 96-gallon containers and all refuse must be contained in the cart. Residents can request a 48-gallon cart instead. If the trash volume exceeds the 96 gallon cart residents can purchase bag tags for additional bags.

Currently, residents place bags at the curb or use their own container or a combination and there are no additional charges for extra bags.

Thompson pointed out that while the city has a very nice updated recycling center, residents would have the option to individually contract with Borden’s to have curbside recycling.

The contract does not include odd-sized trash or hazardous material pickup, but instead the contract would allow for two large items per month per residential unit.

Thompson said, “I think it’s a good contract, but if it goes to bid this is our specifications. We tried to convey every need Nappanee has.”

Board member Phil Jenkins expressed a concern he had heard — that the larger trash containers might not fit in some residents’ garages and he asked Zoning Administrator Don Lehman if there was an ordinance to cover it. Lehman said there isn’t and Thompson said housing associations would probably cover it.

Real estate offer

Hoffer explained to the board that they are continuing to work on acquisition of real estate necessary to move forward with the government-mandated combined sewer overflow (CSO) project. He said construction of a main on the north side of Berlin Court Ditch is necessary.

Hoffer said he just received appraisals on two parcels owned by Larry and Linda Thompson. The reason for the acquisition is the city will be taking a significant portion of the property of Patrick and Jennifer Thompson’s driveway, leaving them without access to their home.

Hoffer said the plans require the city purchase two parcels alongside the south side of Larry and Linda Thompson’s property to put access in for Patrick and Jennifer Thompson. They received two appraisals on the property. The largest parcel is .152 acres and the smaller parcel is .019 acres. Vision Realty appraised both parcels at $6,614 and Schultz Realty appraised both at $5,075. The city cannot make an offer higher than the average of the two appraisals.

Hoffer asked the board to authorize the clerk-treasurer to make a uniform property easement offer of $5,844.50 to Larry and Linda Thompson.

“The city feels an obligation to Patrick and Jennifer since it is taking their only access to provide an access,” he said.

Mayor Thompson recused himself from the discussion and decision.

In other business, board members:

• Approved allowing the “I’m thankful four” Kelsey Mikel Memorial run on Thanksgiving morning — Nov. 28.

• Approved specifications and authorizing advertisement for bids for 2014 1-ton dump truck for the street department.

• Approved closing North Locke Street from West Market to West Walnut Streets Thursday for the Boys and Girls Club to do a connect the dots activity. The street will be closed from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• Approved the purchase of a meter for a final discharge chamber for the wastewater department at a cost of $3,218.

• Heard movie in the park is planned for Oct. 26 at West Side Park.

• Heard Trick or Treat hours are set for Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

 

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