OTTAWA - Ottawa Village council members authorized a new contract with Republic Services for residential trash collection and recycling services. The contract was authorized during the regularly scheduled council meeting held on Monday.
Currently, Ottawa residents trash and recyclables are being carried away by Heartland Disposal out of Napoleon. The village decided to utilize a new company after Heartland proposed a rate increase of about $2 per month. Village officials found that Republic Services could provide similar services at nearly the same rate.
Residents will also notice a change in the days the trash and recyclables will be collected with the two days for collection changing to Thursday and Friday.
Officials would like residents to know that Heartland will do a final pickup on Friday, Dec. 28 (for those who typically receive pickup on Thursdays) and Monday, Dec. 31. During those pickups, the company will be taking its containers back.
Residents will be able to rent new containers from the new company at a rate of $2.75 per month. On December 26, 27, 28 and 29 Republic Services will be dispersing the new recycle bins along with a brochure with information explaining the process for billing, optional direct deposit and pickup dates. The new services is then expected to begin on January 3 and January 4.
Separately, council gave the go ahead for the clerk's office to purchase the village's medical, dental, vision and life insurance without competitive bidding.
Separately, council voted on and approved the following resolutions:
A change order from Kirk Brothers Company Inc. that increases the contracted amount by $14,621.25 and extending the completion date from Feb. 1st to May 20, 2013 for the Walnut Street pump station improvement project.
A proposal from Scott Wagner Plumbing and Heating to replace the boiler at the water treatment plant, the project is expected to cost $25,870.
A proposal from Tideflex Technologies for $48,897.60 for the digester diffuser improvement project.
A resolution establishing several revenue and expenditure funds for grant monies received for the regionalization and manure processing feasibility studies.
Council also approved the salary distribution schedule for 2013 which allows for a 2.5 percent wage increase for each village employee.
The next village council meeting will be held on Jan. 2, at 4 p.m. and will be the reorganizational meeting for 2013.