Lyndon To Charge For Bulk WasteMarch 14, 2018
Changes in the manner and cost of waste collection was the primary topic during the March Lyndon Village Board meeting.
Board President, Doug Dunlap, proposed a new fee on bulk waste items which are currently picked up for free by the village’s public works department. John Wright, public works director, said the number of large items, especially after a flood, and increases in landfill fees have necessitated a change. The village currently charges residents a monthly refuse fee of $11 for both trash and recycling.
The new system will require bulk items to be tagged with tags purchased and stamped at the Lyndon Village Hall. Each large item tag will cost $10 for items such as couches, mattresses, recliners, appliances, and swimming pools. Smaller items including furniture, tables and chairs, and rolls of carpet will be charged at a rate of $5 each. A complete list will be sent to residents in the quarterly village newsletter.
Additionally, construction waste will only be taken if it is put into a dumpster which can be rented from the village at a cost of $32 per month.
New waste pickup stipulations are as follows:
- Each resident will be allowed 3, 32-gallon trash cans or two trash cans and two garbage bags. There will be an extra charge of $2 per additional trashcan and $1 per additional trash bag.
- Recycling will not be affected.
- Items that are not in a proper container will not be picked up and a and ordinance violation will be written by the village police department if the items are not removed.
The new fees will go into effect after the board approves the ordinance change at their April meeting.
The board approved a motion to discontinue the use of the village’s safety deposit box at the Farmers National Bank in Prophetstown. The few items that were kept in the box will be put in a safe at village hall.
Approval was also given to change the distribution of the monies the village receives from video gaming. Currently the funds are divided equally among the Lyndon Historical Society, the Veteran’s Memorial and the Lyndon Bridge for upkeep and maintenance. The board approved a motion by Pres. Doug Dunlap to put 85% of the funds into a village new vehicle account and 15% into a fund to help pay for upkeep and maintenance of Richmond Park and the Lyndon Bridge Park. The village will continue to help with the other properties. Village attorney Tom Sanders will amend the village ordinance which will be voted on in April.
Public Works- Director John Wright said residents can discontinue trickling water to prevent freezing of their pipes. He reported there were no frozen pipes between the city water lines and residential meters.
Workers will begin sweeping gravel, pushed into yards by snowplowing, back into the streets over the next week.
Wright also said the city will not turn water on to residences until the owners are present due to liability reasons.
He also asked the board to consider reevaluating the recycling pickup. Currently the pickup is done bi- weekly and is very costly to dump. Dunlap said the board will discuss the matter during their next finance committee meeting.
Police Department- Chief Mike Fisk said the new computer for the village squad car has arrived and will be set up and installed shortly.
Decals for off-road vehicles have arrived and inspection dates will be set shortly.
Whiteside County Sheriff candidates Clark Mortensen, Mike Lewis, and Tim Fisher all spoke at the meeting asking for support in the upcoming primary election.
The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00.