The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 12, 2012

Council to consider land for waste


DANVILLE — In February, aldermen approved increases in garbage and yard waste fees for the next five years to pay for operations and other expenses with Mayor Scott Eisenhauer providing the majority eighth vote.

The planned budget included spending more than $1 million on capital purchases, including a new yard waste site.

City council members on Tuesday will consider authorizing an extension of an option to purchase farmland for the city’s potential future yard waste site on the east end of Liberty Lane. The property is owned by the Schlorff family.

Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said the current option has expired. He added the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency permit review process also is moving forward on the site.

City officials could have an ordinance to purchase the property at the end of November.

Ahrens said aldermen discussed in closed session earlier this year the property and entered into a real estate option agreement. The option price was $1,000. There is no additional cost to extend the option.

Sometime in 2013, the city will have to vacate its leased yard waste site at the Brickyard Landfill due to the landfill needing the space.

Ahrens said cost estimates stood at $200,000 to $250,000 to establish a new yard waste processing site. Site grading, roadway improvements to control the dust and “be a good neighbor,” fencing and a pole barn must be dealt with for the new site, he said.

Under the new garbage fee schedule, the $18 monthly fee stayed the same this year, but will increase to $19.25 in April 2013; $20.50 in 2014; $22 in 2015; and $23.50 in 2016.

The $20 annual yard waste sticker fee increased to $25 this year and will increase to $30 in 2013; $35 in 2014; and $40 in 2015 and 2016.

In other business Tuesday, council members will:

The agreement from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2015, calls for 100 percent of Burton’s $63,000 salary to come from the Harrison Park Golf Course fund.

Last year, Burton’s salary was split 85 percent from the Harrison Park Golf Course fund and 15 percent from the parks and public property fund.

Coming up

Danville City Council members will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St.