Who would pay remains undetermined
By Bert Lehman
From a suggestion by a city employee, the Clintonville Street Committee recently discussed the possibility of the city holding designated pick up days to allow citizens to dispose of large garbage items.
Committee Chairwoman Julie Stumbris said some residents don’t have the means to dispose of these items properly, while others just don’t take the time to dispose of them.
“They put a large item on the curb expecting it to automatically disappear,” Stumbris said during the Dec. 6 discussion.
The committee discussed several implications of the suggestion, such as how often such a pick up would take place and how residents would be assessed fees to cover the cost of the service.
Clintonville Public Works Director Kray Brown said the city has the resources to offer such a service. He also indicated that guidelines would have to be developed as to what type of items would be picked up by the city. For example, he said the city wouldn’t want to dispose of refrigerators because it is costly.
“You’d have to limit yourself as to what the pick up is,” Brown said.
He added that the city also needed to consider the increase in probability that a city employee could be injured on the job because of lifting large items left for disposal.
Clintonville City Administrator Chuck Kell said it might be possible to add semi-annual pick up of large items to the contract with the garbage hauler the city chooses if it goes with a single garbage and recycling contractor.
How to pay for such a service is the main issue, according to Kell. He said the city would have to cover the cost, which the city currently does not have the budget capacity to do so. He added that the city would probably have to mandate that all residents opt into the one hauler garbage and recycling pick up service if the large item pick up is done by the city’s contracted garbage and recycling hauler.
Committee member Jim Supanich asked if the city provided this service, what the impact would be at the Clintonville Area Waste Services.
Kell said if the city picked up the items and took them to CAWS to dispose them, it might benefit CAWS. He added that if the city had a garbage hauler pick up the items, the items wouldn’t necessarily go to CAWS.
Supanich said the first thing the city needs to do is contact CAWS to get its thoughts on the matter. He added that he thinks the city should continue to pursue the idea, but it also needs to do its research because there are a lot of ramifications of this type of service.
The city will continue to research and discuss the idea.