Lincoln aldermen approve contract
with Area Disposal for waste hauling
Approve mandating trash collection
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[September 06, 2017]
Tuesday evening voting session of the Lincoln City Council aldermen
approved a motion to enter into a waste hauler agreement with Area
Disposal. Additionally, they approved a motion to mandate that all
households in the city of Lincoln participate in the trash
collection, with certain exemptions for those who have trash
collection through business ownership or another viable and
The first vote to approve Area Disposal as the exclusive provider
passed with a 5 to 3 vote after a lengthy discussion. Those voting
to approve included Ron Keller, Jeff Hoinakci, Heidi Browne, Michele
Bauer and Tracy Welch. Those opposed were Rick Hoefle, Steve Parrott
and Kathy Horn.
Much of the discussion about the agreement stemmed from a concern
voiced by Parrott that the allowance of 100 special low volume user
discounts city-wide was not enough. Parrott repeated on multiple
occasions that he was in favor of the exclusive waste hauler
agreement, as well as the mandated participation, but he felt that
in a city that has a high population of senior citizens and single
households, there should be more low volume discounts offered.
Eric Shangraw of Area Disposal was brought to the speakers table to
address this. He said that the bid had been placed for 100
households and he would have to stand by that, unless the city
wanted to take another look at the entire bid.
Shangraw said the bid had been placed based on 4,400 households
participating. The company was already giving a ten percent discount
to seniors and then the 100 households would receive an additional
10 percent under Area’s “low income” program. He said that at the
moment, he could offer nothing more.
Parrott said he had spoken with Shangraw about the matter, and had
learned that there could be more low volume or low income customers
added, but it would involve looking at the overall cost, and perhaps
raising the price for all other customers. Parrott also said that
looking at that price, he didn’t think the raise would be all that
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Parrott suggested that the vote could be tabled so as to “do it
right.” Doing it right would then involve taking a new bid. The aldermen had
motioned to accept option two, which includes weekly trash collection and
collection of recyclables every two weeks. Hoefle noted that Area and their
competitor Advanced Disposal, in the bidding process were neck-and-neck in their
pricing of option two. He said he felt the two companies could rebid the option
quickly, so the process would not be delayed too much longer.
It was also noted that in the original bidding process, Advanced
Disposal had said they could not offer a low volume discount because they had
already trimmed their bid as much as possible.
Hoefle also noted that he was opposed to the entire plan, citing
that it was denying the citizens of Lincoln their basic right to freedom of
Throughout the discussion period all the aldermen, but Horn and Hoefle, spoke in
favor of the mandate and the contract with Area including Parrott, who said his
only issue was the low volume discount.
Many said that prior to the public meeting held at Lincoln College they had
heard a lot of negativity, but since that time, the scale had tipped and more
people were in favor than opposed.
For the vote to mandate citizen participation in the trash collection there was
less discussion, with only Hoefle commenting that he thought the city has a
large task before it in defining trash in the ordinance.
When the item came to vote six voted in favor of the mandate: Browne, Bauer,
Welch, Parrott, Keller and Hoinacki. Horn and Hoefle both voted in opposition of
It is not known at this time when the new contract will take effect. Originally
the plan had been for the contract to take effect October 1st. However there has
been a lengthy delay in this vote, which will impact how soon the city and Area
Disposal are prepared to put the new program into motion.