Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton City Council members agreed to change residential trash removal service providers during a special meeting on Nov. 20. City officials held the special meeting to replace a regularly-scheduled one set to occur on Thanksgiving.
The council discussed the awarding of the contract for residential solid waste collection and disposal services. The city received two qualified bids, one from Gardner Disposal Service, Inc. and the other from Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc. The current contract with Deffenbaugh Industries expires on Dec. 31 of this year.
After reviewing both bids, city staff recommended Gardner Disposal as the lowest and best bidder, offering the most lucrative rate for the residents. The contract was awarded to Gardner Disposal with the approval of four council members. The fifth council member, Clay Longanecker, was not in attendance. Under terms of the new contract, Edgerton residents will pay 67 cents more each month for trash removal service. The city of Edgerton picks up a portion of the trash removal service cost.
Beginning Jan. 1, the cost per month for residential trash service will be $15. Residents will be responsible for $7.50, and the city will pay the other half.
City staff will be working closely with Gardner Disposal to organize and implement a public-information campaign intended to keep residents as informed as possible and to ensure a smooth transition to a new service in January.
The council voted unanimously to issue $29 million in Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) to applicant ELHC XII, LLC.
In accordance with an agreement between the logistics park developers and the city, the project is eligible for a 75 percent property tax abatement for a period of 10 years. Developers and their advisors estimate that the warehouse project will create 195 new jobs.
At press time, the Gardner News had not received response from the city of Edgerton in regards to its Nov. 21 inquiry asking for the individual projects names and total dollar amount of IRBs issued to each.
Upcoming holiday events include the Mayor Holiday Tree Lighting with Santa on Dec. 5 and Christmas Light Judging on Dec. 10.
The next regular scheduled meeting of the city council will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Edgerton City Hall.