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Council approves new refuse and recycling rates

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New monthly rates for refuse and recycling collection in the Town of Chesterton will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance which sets the rates for trash pickup for the next three years. Those rates reflect the bid of Republic Services, the only firm to submit a bid for a one-year contract, with options to renew for a second and third year:

-- 2021: $18.50 per month.

-- 2022 (optional): $19.24 per month.

-- 2023 (optional): $19.98 per month.

In addition to the monthly refuse and recycling fee, residents will also pay a monthly brush collection fee of $2. That means that the total monthly fee for refuse, recycling, and brush in 2021 will be $20.50; in 2022 (optional), $21.24; and in 2023 (optional), $21.98.

Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the council at its last meeting that two other waste management firms declined to submit bids because they weren't interested in a one-year firm contract with optional extensions in the second and third year.

At a public hearing prior to the vote, no one spoke in favor of the new rates and no one in opposition. Monday's virtual meeting was live-streamed on Facebook, which has the capability of taking comments from the public.


Posted 12/15/2020




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