Republic Services picked up the bulk containers at the Hoopeston's soccer field last week at the request city officials.
Since Hoopeston decided to have regular pickup by Republic Services only in the new contract, and not include bulk pickup during the week for residents, roll-offs had been placed south of the soccer field for Hoopeston residents to use for bulk items. This caused a major problem for the city.
The new general manager for Republic Services, Dan Winters said, "We have additional volumes (of bulk) that we didn't have before (in Hoopeston)."
The problem, said Toby Wolfe, also with Republic Services, is that "everyone in the county knows it's there at the soccer field and can see it from Route 1." Wolfe suggested relocating the roll-off in a fenced area or building to prevent everyone in the area from dumping bulk items, including construction debris.
Alderman Bill McElhaney suggested having the roll-off placed in the extra parking space at City Hall where it could be monitored and bulk items controlled. Goodwine suggested having two Saturday's a month for bulk pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mayor Bill Crusinberry added, "We could have overtime on those Saturdays to monitor and check ID's to make sure only Hoopeston residents were bringing in bulk items."
The discussion among city council members and Republic Services ended with a plan to have bulk pickup two Saturdays a month from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall. A city employee would be on hand to check ID's.
The city hoped to save $76,000 a year by not having bulk pickup for the city, however, with six hours overtime and two extra totes a month the cost would be about $15,360 a year. Instead of saving $76,000 a year, it would save about $60,640 a year.
The first bulk pickup would take place 6 a.m.-2 p.m. July 20 with ID's being checked, names and addresses given and a tally of each item dumped. This would give specific information on types and amounts of each item for basic data. Residents also might contact City hall if a he or she plans to bring items to the roll-off.