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Spring Valley City Council Report: Waste Management makes request for reconsideration

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

Dan Goodsell and Margo Underwood representatives of Waste Management, Spring Valley's current holder of the garbage contract, asked the council to reconsider their intention to put out for bids to other area garbage services at the July 9 meeting. Council member Bill Bires was absent.

Underwood explained that they have recently consolidated their call service center which has resulted in some "hiccups." She insisted that the service is getting better and she hopes they can answer customer questions without delay. Mayor Jim Struzyk admitted that he has had no citizen complaint phone calls in the last two weeks about the garbage service. She said that they are trying to improve the process and asked for patience.

Margo Underwood listed positive contributions Waste Management has given to the Spring Valley community including three years of recycling, working with the Relay for Life Program, and donations to the library, assisted living, and ambulance service.

Struzyk suggested that a decision be delayed until issues about the billing are resolved. Council member Jason Holland added that they need to make sure that the city is getting the "best bang for the buck."

Underwood offered price comparisons for service in Preston and Chatfield. She suggested a resident in Preston pays about $15.20 for weekly recycling and land fill charge. A Chatfield resident pays about 18.43 per month for every other week recycling, weekly garbage pick-up for four bags. She suggested that the current charges are less expensive in Spring Valley.

The council will wait until after they can get a report back on billing before making a decision.

Other Business

• A resolution was passed clarifying and adopting the city's cell phone policy for city employees.

• City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that the 2007 Utility Improvement work was progressing on schedule. The first payment was due in the amount of $104,818.53. She added that this initial phase should be the slowest part of the project and has taken 31 working days. The payment was unanimously approved.

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