KOUTS | The Town Council will hold a special meeting Thursday to award a rubbish pickup contract.
Three bids were opened at Monday's council meeting. The current contract with Republic Services, of DeMotte, costs home owners $13.68 a month for trash and recycling picked up weekly. The council asked for bids on the same service and on an alternative that would pick up recycling every other week.
Republic's bid for weekly service for both was $14.50 for the first year of a two-year contract and $14.91 in the second year. Switching to every-other-week recycling would lower the cost to $13.35 and $13.72 respectively. Richards Disposal, of North Judson, bid $11 a month for either alternative with a proposed 5 percent increase each year through the sixth year.
Waste Management, of Portage, bid $16.25 for either alternative the first year and $16.73 in the second year. The town has 720 residential customers.
The weekend storm brought a bunch of requests for help disposing of fallen branches. Council President Tim Jones said the practice has been for residents to be responsible for their own by taking them to the county's compost site, but he thought the town should consider helping out.
The town has a contract with The Greener Side to conduct leaf and branch pickups in the fall, but the last branch pickup was last week and the final pickup this week is for leaves only. The council discussed charging a little more for leaf and branch pickups in order to cover a couple of special pickups for storms.
It was decided that wouldn't be fair to those who don't have any trees or branches. Instead, residents with brush can make their own arrangements to pay The Greener Side to pick up the limbs. They can contact the company by calling the town hall.
The other problem is people continuing to pile leaves and branches in the road instead of leaving them on their grass for the company to pick up. The council said it might have to start levying fines for violators because it is creating unsafe driving conditions and getting in the way of snow plows.