Board hears garbage recycling program

Sheila Pressley/Correspondent

Members of the Alexis Village board heard information concerning the garbage/recycling program tht had been discussed at the January meeting during the Feb. 9 session. Trustee Julie VanFleet gave Mayor Gene Sims papers containing 107 names of persons in favor of the program.

VanFleet said, that "75 percent of those persons polled were in favor of the trash/recycling program." Mayor Gene Sims felt, that "It was too soon to vote on the issue since the board had just received the bid information."

Trustee Jim VanFleet expressed concern over those that could not pay their monthly water bills since the trash/recycling fees would be on the same bill. He said, "We have 430 water meters and 113 of those are senior citizens. We have a  six percent shut-off rate each month."

Chad Braatz explained the data that contained waste bids for curbside services. There were four bids each from two services: Jackson Disposal of Seaton and Millennium Waste of the Quad Cities. He added, "Both services would provide toters for waste and recycling."

Board members felt that residents needed more information concerning the project. A public meeting was set for Monday, Feb. 23 beginning at 7 p.m. at Alexis Community Center. The meeting will deal with the trash/recycling program proposed for the village. Residents of Alexis are encouraged to attend.

Clerk Dixie McCreight reported the following information she had received from Media-Com concerning the Internet hook-up for the new computer. Excavation work cannot be done until at least March when the ground thaws. Until then she will continue to use the old computer.

Board members approved a donation of $250 towards the annual Easter egg Hunt. That amount is the same as last year.

George Lafferty was present to request that a light be located on the south side of the Jack & Jill store. Ameren IP will be contacted about the light. The village pays for street lights.

Lafferty also discussed a drainage problem at th corner of East Palmer Avenue and South Main Street. Village employees will investigate the situation.

Next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9 at Alexis Community Center.