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On Monday the Board of Public Works after considerable amount of time, information and hearing from the City Accountant that our Capitol Borrowing would be difficult to pay for new garbage trucks and the expense of the City of Cudahy continuing picking up the trash, plus the fact that if privatize the trash collection with Advance (who is doing the pickup of recycling for us) it would save the taxpayers $220,000 each year, there was very little way the Board could go.
The vendor Advance collects and disposes the trash and the City still maintains the transfer/drop off site for citizens with recycling. The building would be used for the storm water needs. Advance’s sole job is waste disposal.
The vote was odd in that when Mike Clark made the motion and I seconded it and the roll call vote was taken, Mike Clark and I voted yes and Butch Loferski and Willy Lohr abstaining forcing Chairman Jason Litkowiec to vote, he voted yes.
Since the DPW had 2 people retire there will be no job loss, just no filling the vacant people and the same level of service of trash pickup will occur, it was a win-win for taxpayers. We have to look for these kinds of savings based on the financial constraints the city is under. We need the right size government we can afford on a budget.
This is all driven by the capitol costs associated with trash pickup and our debt service. We don’t have a landfill and to replace the scale (which it needs to be replaced) at the transfer/drop off site would mean another $60,000 that we would have to come up with.
Each garbage truck costs about $350,000 to replace and they get replaced about 1 every 4 years, it was now or never to get off the merry-go-around sort of speak. We either had to use the Capitol Borrowing to buy the trucks at the cost of repairing the roads or keep fixing up older equipment.
The Board of Public Works recommendation went to the Common Council Tuesday and passed 5 to 0.