ST. JOHN | Town residents will receive free garbage and recyclable pickup during December following a St. John Town Council vote to amend an ordinance.
The action stems from the council’s renegotiation of the existing refuse, garbage and recyclables collection contract with Republic Services. The new contract will last five years at a reduced collection rate.
Previous collection fees were $17.97 per month under the old contract that included progressive increases. New fees are $15.75 per month and are retroactive to May 1, 2013. That provides a credit to town residents.
The Town Council voted to not charge for the December refuse as “a way of a reimbursement benefit to residents,” said Town Attorney David Austgen in explaining the ordinance.
Clerk-Treasurer Sherry Sury said residents will see the new rate of $15.75 on their November garbage/recycling bill. The December bills will show a zero amount due.
Sury said a notice will be printed on the bottom of November water bills to let residents know about the free pickup in December.
In other business, the Town Council approved spending up to $2,000 to purchase two 12-inch portable rubber speed bumps and signs. The speed bumps and signs will be used on interior streets to slow through traffic down when main roads are closed for water main breaks or maintenance.
On Tuesday, St. John Town Council President Michael Forbes and Town Manager Steve Kil will attend the 6 p.m. Dyer Town Council meeting. Forbes said they will present information about St. John’s position on the Lake County E-911 consolidation and the memo of understanding sent to surrounding municipalities.
“The interlocal agreement (for mandatory consolidation of Lake County of the E-911 system) was not approved by the E-911 commission. They did not take a vote for the agreement. It was only for distribution,” Forbes said. “We found a lot of problems with (the agreement)."