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Public Works Director Doug Ahrens points to where a pole barn is planned for construction at the city's new yard waste site one mile east of Bowman Avenue and East Liberty Lane at the intersection of County Road 2100N and 1900E roads. It's expected to open April 7.

Signs of spring are starting to pop up.

One of those signs for some is finally being able to clean brush and other debris in yards.

Final preparations also are being made to open the city’s new yard waste site.

But due to the cold weather, the city’s Spring Collection Period for yard waste collection is being pushed back a week and the yard waste site will open a week later than initially expected.

The weekly collection period has been pushed back to April 7. It will run for four weeks through May 2. April 7 also is the day the new yard waste site is expected to open.

Yard waste stickers already are on sale at city hall, 17 W. Main St.; the public works facility, 1155 E. Voorhees St.; or over the telephone at 431-2288 or 431-2200.

Yard waste stickers for toters increased to $35 each this year. Stickers are good for one calendar year.

The weekly spring collection period was to start on Monday, but Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said with the cold weather, they decided to push it back a week and allow for better clean-up weather.

The spring collection period allows for both bags and toters. The toter-only collection period, with bi-weekly pickups in the summer, will start after the spring collection.

Yard waste zone maps and rules are available on the Danville Public Works’ website at www.danvillepublicworks.org.

Toters can be purchased for $65 at city hall or the public works facility and will be delivered to your residence.

The city’s new yard waste facility located one mile east of Bowman Avenue and East Liberty Lane at the intersection of County Road 2100N and 1900E, also is expected to be open to the public and start accepting yard waste on April 7.

Residents can purchase and pick up, or have delivered, compost and mulch, and also drop off large brush and other yard waste at the site.

A pole barn building and fencing remain to be erected and electricity added to the site.

HISTORY

It was around late 2011/early 2012 that the city started more seriously looking for a new yard waste processing location.

Ahrens said city officials always knew that Brickyard Landfill would need the city-leased space eventually for its own development project.

It was necessary to relocate the city site to a new location permitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency because the city’s lease ended at the Brickyard Landfill due to the landfill needing the space.

The city had leased space for a yard waste processing site at the landfill from Brickyard Disposal and Recycling since around 1991.

Ahrens said cost estimates stood at up to $250,000 to establish a new yard waste processing site. It was discussed with aldermen that site grading, roadway improvements, fencing and a pole barn were needed for a new site.

The annual increase in monthly garbage pickups and yard waste sticker fees has helped with the costs.

Aldermen last year approved purchasing farmland for $75,000 from Daniel Schlorff on the east end of Liberty Lane for the city’s new landscape waste recycling facility. Aldermen also had approved increasing capital equipment costs by $30,000 in the solid waste fund to purchase equipment to assist with the relocation of the yard waste site. That funding came from dumping fees.

In the fall of 2013, the city council rejected a high bid for work at the city’s new yard waste recycling facility. The bid was for site and soil work including excavating, grading and movement of earth, asphalt millings and mulch materials and constructing a detention basin.

Then the council approved leasing equipment and operations for the site work at a lower cost.

Ahrens said the redefined work was at an hourly rate for leasing certain pieces of equipment, including operators, for a portion of the work necessary to construct the new site.

The city has served as general contractor for certain site improvements, including excavating, grading and movement of earth and mulch materials.

The sole bid the city received again was from Midwest Asphalt Co. with unit and lump sum prices.

The total cost of all leased equipment and lump sum fees was not to exceed $150,000.

Funding is coming from the solid waste fund reserve.

City council members also authorized a budget amendment and approved a $26,930 contract with R&R Services of Illinois Inc. for bulk material grinding services at the city’s previous landscape waste recycling facility at the Brickyard Landfill.

The contract with R&R Services was for mulch, brush and tree materials because the city’s tub grinder is too old and can’t grind and process all the bulk material.

These site completion activities had to occur prior to closure and the move to the new site. The city is no longer accepting any materials at the previous site.

Ahrens thanks those with the landfill and at the scale house for the city’s time there.

NEW SITE PLANS

Some site work that started off Liberty Lane late last year was halted by the weather.

“Winter came early,” Ahrens said.

Yard waste manager John Barnes still will oversee the new yard waste site with assistance sometimes from one or two auxiliary workers.

Prior to opening, a final inspection and approval is needed from the IEPA, Ahrens said.

Hours also are being adjusted back.

The new yard waste recycling site will be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

“We do not see a lot of activity with drop offs,” Ahrens said.

If the new facility sees an increase in loads of yard waste being dropped off, Ahrens said the hours could be expanded.

If there is a land clearing or another big job someone had, scheduled drop-off appointments can be made, he added.

For people ordering compost, it tends to be mostly delivered, Ahrens said.

“Historically there is not a lot of private activity on site,” he said.

The yard waste site is normally open to the public from April to November.

Ray Garcia, superintendent of streets and sewers, has been on site with the grading, drainage, retention and other work. A berm is in place, the windrows are being planned for and other materials are being used on site, such as asphalt millings.

The operational site is similar in size to the one that was at the landfill.

With the purchase of a yard waste sticker, it is free to drop off items at the yard waste site.

Other fees are located on the city’s Public Works Department website.

Compost is still “a very desirable product,” Ahrens said, about residents and the city using the material on properties and at demolition sites, etc.

But the mulch sees competition from other vendors who sell it cheaper in the city.

“It does not move as quickly these days,” Ahrens said.

People are looking for colored mulch, such as black or red, in which the city can’t provide due to the extra costs involved, he said.

A screener has improved the mulch product by separating out trash materials, he added.

The city uses the mulch too at parks and other properties.

Ahrens said they may look at the mulch price in the future.

Ahrens said the city will be working with Newell Township on road improvements on the bumpy, gravel road to access the yard waste recycling facility.

The city also will be looking to purchase a new material processing unit due to the tub grinder’s age.

Ahrens said they will be looking at what’s best for the long-run, such as a large chipper or horizontal unit.

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