Thursday, March 15, 2012
 
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Area Disposal comes to the aid of Lincoln for citywide cleanup

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[March 15, 2012]  Since taking office, Mayor Keith Snyder has each year asked for funding for a citywide cleanup project in Lincoln.

Money for the project was put into the 2009-10 budget, but not enough to conduct the cleanup. For the 2010-11 budget, that old amount was rolled into the new budget year and $10,000 added to it. Thus far, even though the money was budgeted, it has not been sufficient to cover the cost of a cleanup project.

Snyder told aldermen Tuesday night at the committee of the whole workshop meeting that he had contacted three waste hauling companies and asked them to offer proposals on how they would conduct a citywide cleanup within the city budget.

One firm had responded that they couldnít obligate to the dates Snyder was hoping for and therefore would not submit a proposal.

Snyder did get proposals from Allied Waste Service in Springfield and Area Disposal, the company that services most Lincoln residents as well as the city.

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Allied Waste said they could do a one-Saturday-only event with roll-off trash boxes located in centralized locations and would advertise the event for the city.

They promised 20-, 30-, and 40-yard boxes and a total of 54 of them for the cost of $20,000.

Area Disposalís proposal included quite a bit more.

By the time they contacted Snyder; they had already talked to authorities at the Logan County Fairgrounds and had gotten approval to make that the central collection point.

They said they could conduct the collections on two Saturdays, April 28 and May 5, from 6 a.m. to noon each day, and would provide the advertising for each event.

The items they will accept include doors, windows, tires, furniture, carpet and wood scraps that are bundled together, and non-Freon appliances.

Area Disposal asked the city to provide an end loader to help with large or extra-heavy items.

They also want the city to provide helpers who will check identification of people hauling trash in, to assure they are Lincoln residents.

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In addition, for those who are elderly or disabled and cannot make it to a collection site, Area Disposal said they would collect items curbside on their regular pickup day in the area the week after the Saturday event. They also asked that anyone needing this service contact the city. The city will in turn give them a list of who is eligible for the free pickup.

As part of their package, Area Disposal also promised six additional boxes to be used at future dates for special projects.

Finally, Snyder told the council what the cost for all this would amount to: "nothing."

He said Area Disposal has offered to do the two-day collection plus the six additional trash boxes free of charge.

He said there were a few details yet to be worked out. For one, heís going to ask for one rain date in case of inclement weather.

This item will be on the Monday voting agenda, and it is expected to pass unanimously.

Snyder suggested that the $20,000 in his budget that has now been saved should go to fast-track demolition of some derelict properties in Lincoln.

Building and safety officer John Lebegue said he has three properties tagged for this: two on North Sangamon that are fire-damaged and one he referred to as "the yellow house" located not far from the fairgrounds.

He said the two on Sangamon are small homes, so he believes all three can be taken down for the $20,000.

[By NILA SMITH]

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