New Boston City Council talks trash

Lu Ann Krengle/Correspondent

The New Boston City Council met in regular meeting on March 25 at 7 p.m. The council heard at the March 11 meeting that there were several complaints on the garbage pickup. Officer Mike DeFrieze said there were told the council he had received a number of complaints and the council members had a few complaints as well.

The council asked to bring Millennium Waste representatives to the March 25 meeting. Bill LaMar was accompanied by Joe, the route scheduler, at Wednesday's meeting.

DeFrieze said the main complaint was that all the garbage was not being picked up. He said that if the toter was too full the pickup men just put the extra bags on the ground and emptied the rest. He said that was an invitation for dogs and cats to tear into it and scatter it all over. Alderman Dave McDonald said at the initial meeting with Millennium Waste extra bags over filling the toters that was discussed and they had said as long as the bags were inside the toter was all that was necessary. Now that is not allowed; the lid had to be nearly closed for them to take it.

LaMar said that the lid has to be nearly closed in order for the men to tip the toter back and wheel it to the truck. The extra bags would be picked up if they had a one dollar sticker purchased from city hall on each one. He said that he knew that the previous waste company had picked up the extra but that they would not without the sticker.

LaMar suggested that if you recycled, your trash amount would be less and you would have room for all your bags. He said recycle bins would be provided at your request. Also he suggested that if you have a neighbor that doesn't fill his toter then ask for permission to add your extra to his toter. Also you can request another toter to hold all your garbage for an extra ten dollar fee a month.

LaMar said items that were too big to go in the toter, such as televisions, sofas or chairs, would be picked up the first Tuesday of the month.

At the March 11 meeting Pat and Cindy McNally had come to request a sidewalk in front of their new home. Since they were going to put a walk to the front door and a patio they thought it would be a good time to put in the sidewalk too. The council told them that the city pays half for the sidewalk and the home owner pays half. They provided estimates and the council agreed to pay $540, half of the sidewalk expense. They will provide a receipt to the city of the expenses for the sidewalk less the other concrete work.

Alderman Doug Ramer has been looking into the possibility of wind energy use at the lagoon to get rid a huge expense for electricity that the city incurs every month. The electric bill for the lagoon averages $1,000 a month.

John Root from Muscatine came to the Wednesday meeting after monitoring the wind at the lagoon. He said there were not enough sustained winds to run the equipment. Alderman Mark Fourdyce said he was surprised because he lives on the Bay and sometimes feels like he could be blown away by the force of the wind. But Root said there are layers to the wind and the lay out of the surrounding land has a lot to do with what speed the winds blow. He said that area is too low.

The Council had been told before that most of Mercer County was not able to use wind energy. Root said there are spots where it would work but not at the lagoon. He said the better route for the city to go was solar energy. He also said he didn't think that the motors at the lagoon were running as efficiently as they could. The motors were put installed in 2003. Root suggested a man from Wisconsin that checks this kind of motor for efficiency could be contacted and to see if there was something he could suggest for the problem. The city will contact him and ask him to come to New Boston when he is in the area.

Ed Erickson, city maintenance, said there had been some inquiries about buying the old boat dock that had been replaced. The council agreed to put it up for bids. It had cost $10,000 new, but was not in great shape now, but usable, Erickson said.

A person from I Wireless had contacted Mayor Dixon concerning a phone tower being put on city property, on top of the hill near the water tower. He said they would need a 60 by 60 foot spot. After discussing it the council agreed to turn down the offer. The council agreed that it would be great for cell phone usage but that the spot that they wanted could be needed when a new water tower is built.

Officer DeFrieze asked for permission to have a new exhaust system put on the squad car at a cost of $140. Council agreed to the request.

The Community Club of New Boston asked permission to put a new piece of playground equipment in Shotwell Park. The council looked at the picture and discussed the product safety and decided that it would be a good addition to the park.

The council learned that the Visitor's Center would not be open this year in the former Conservation Club building. The council decided to leave it empty and make it available for rent for parties and such.

It is getting to be that time of year again that the city is looking to freshen up the city by asking the residents to clean up winter debris and maintain their property. Mayor Dixon, Officer DeFrieze and Alderman Ramer will be traveling around to look at trouble areas and to assess what needs to be done. We as a city are judged by our properties and how well maintained they are. Make yourself and the city proud and clean up.

It is also getting to be the time of year to be thinking about who you feel should be nominated for Citizen of the Year. If you know of someone that has been an asset to our city and your neighborhoods then write a letter to the city telling why you feel that way. The letters can be dropped in the box outside city hall where you put your utility bills. It is an important and gratifying honor to be nominated. The honor will be presented at the Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery May 25.

Just an early reminder, the city wide garage sale will be Saturday, May 30. Maps will be available at the Community Center.

Present at this meeting were aldermen Mark Fourdyce, Doug Ramer, Lu Ann Krengle, Linda Perkins and Dave McDonald. Absent was Clint Miler. Mayor Dixon, Clerk Cindy Marston and Attorney Robert Rillie were also in attendance. Ed Erickson and Officer Mike DeFrieze were present to present their reports.

The council heard at the March 11 meeting that there were several complaints on the garbage pickup. Officer Mike DeFrieze said there were told the council he had received a number of complaints and the council members had a few complaints as well. The council asked to bring Millennium Waste representatives to the March 25 meeting. Bill LaMar was accompanied by Joe, the route scheduler, at Wednesday's meeting.

DeFrieze said the main complaint was that all the garbage was not being picked up. He said that if the toter was too full the pickup men just put the extra bags on the ground and emptied the rest. He said that was an invitation for dogs and cats to tear into it and scatter it all over. Alderman Dave McDonald said at the initial meeting with Millennium Waste extra bags over filling the toters that was discussed and they had said as long as the bags were inside the toter was all that was necessary. Now that is not allowed; the lid had to be nearly closed for them to take it.

LaMar said that the lid has to be nearly closed in order for the men to tip the toter back and wheel it to the truck. The extra bags would be picked up if they had a one dollar sticker purchased from city hall on each one. He said that he knew that the previous waste company had picked up the extra but that they would not without the sticker.

LaMar suggested that if you recycled, your trash amount would be less and you would have room for all your bags. He said recycle bins would be provided at your request. Also he suggested that if you have a neighbor that doesn't fill his toter then ask for permission to add your extra to his toter. Also you can request another toter to hold all your garbage for an extra ten dollar fee a month.

LaMar said items that were too big to go in the toter, such as televisions, sofas or chairs, would be picked up the first Tuesday of the month.

At the March 11 meeting Pat and Cindy McNally had come to request a sidewalk in front of their new home. Since they were going to put a walk to the front door and a patio they thought it would be a good time to put in the sidewalk too. The council told them that the city pays half for the sidewalk and the home owner pays half. They provided estimates and the council agreed to pay $540, half of the sidewalk expense. They will provide a receipt to the city of the expenses for the sidewalk less the other concrete work.

Alderman Doug Ramer has been looking into the possibility of wind energy use at the lagoon to get rid a huge expense for electricity that the city incurs every month. The electric bill for the lagoon averages $1,000 a month.

John Root from Muscatine came to the Wednesday meeting after monitoring the wind at the lagoon. He said there were not enough sustained winds to run the equipment. Alderman Mark Fourdyce said he was surprised because he lives on the Bay and sometimes feels like he could be blown away by the force of the wind. But Root said there are layers to the wind and the lay out of the surrounding land has a lot to do with what speed the winds blow. He said that area is too low. The Council had been told before that most of Mercer County was not able to use wind energy. Root said there are spots where it would work but not at the lagoon. He said the better route for the city to go was solar energy. He also said he didn't think that the motors at the lagoon were running as efficiently as they could. The motors were installed in 2003. Root suggested a man from Wisconsin that checks this kind of motor for efficiency could be contacted and to see if there was something he could suggest for the problem. The city will contact him and ask him to come to New Boston when he is in the area.

Ed Erickson, city maintenance, said there had been some inquiries about buying the old boat dock that had been replaced. The council agreed to put it up for bids. It had cost $10,000 new, but was not in great shape now, but usable, Erickson said.

A person from I Wireless had contacted Mayor Dixon concerning a phone tower being put on city property, on top of the hill near the water tower. He said they would need a 60 by 60 foot spot. After discussing it the council agreed to turn down the offer. The council agreed that it would be great for cell phone usage but that the spot that they wanted could be needed when a new water tower is built.

Officer DeFrieze asked for permission to have a new exhaust system put on the squad car at a cost of $140. Council agreed to the request.

The Community Club of New Boston asked permission to put a new piece of playground equipment in Shotwell Park. The council looked at the picture and discussed the product safety and decided that it would be a good addition to the park.

The council learned that the Visitor's Center would not be open this year in the former Conservation Club building. The council decided to leave it empty and make it available for rent for parties and such.

It is getting to be that time of year again that the city is looking to freshen up the city by asking the residents to clean up winter debris and maintain their property. Mayor Dixon, Officer DeFrieze and Alderman Ramer will be traveling around to look at trouble areas and to assess what needs to be done. We as a city are judged by our properties and how well maintained they are. Make yourself and the city proud and clean up.

It is also getting to be the time of year to be thinking about who you feel should be nominated for Citizen of the Year. If you know of someone that has been an asset to our city and your neighborhoods then write a letter to the city telling why you feel that way. The letters can be dropped in the box outside city hall where you put your utility bills. It is an important and gratifying honor to be nominated. The honor will be presented at the Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery May 25.

Just an early reminder, the city wide garage sale will be Saturday, May 30. Maps will be available at the Community Center.

Present at this meeting were aldermen Mark Fourdyce, Doug Ramer, Lu Ann Krengle, Linda Perkins and Dave McDonald. Absent was Clint Miler. Mayor Dixon, Clerk Cindy Marston and Attorney Robert Rillie were also in attendance. Ed Erickson and Officer Mike DeFrieze were present to present their reports.