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Village of Pound Price For Garbage Pickup Going Up

Issue Date: January 13, 2022

After much discussion at its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 10, Pound Village Board agreed on a split vote to increase the price of garbage pickup from $1 per bag to $2 per bag, effective on Tuesday, March 1.

Trustee Wayne Gross felt they should increase the price only to $1.50, and cast the sole vote against the $2 per bag motion. Gross noted just last year they had raised the price from 50 cents to $1 per bag, and felt doubling the price again was too much. Voting in favor were trustees Mike Rogodzinski and John Homontowski, and Village President Terry Earley was also in favor. Trustee Mary Meyer was absent.

Fire Chief Turner Gross told the board the fire department is considering becoming an all-volunteer group again, and eliminating the per-call pay. He said they were to vote on it that evening. As it is, firefighters are paid every two years, and some of the checks are only for $10, and it creates a problem for the village. Getting paid also sometimes creates problems for firefighters in the construction industry who find their unemployment benefits are interrupted by the bi-annual pay check.

Chief Gross reported during the past month the department was called to two lift assists, one with the rescue squad; one electric fire; two motor vehicle accidents, one including the train derailment and oil spill cleanup; a MABAS call for a structure fire, and another structure fire, for a total of 402 hours. He said they were moving trucks around that evening to make room for the village garbage truck.

During discussion on the garbage bag tag increase, Public Works Director Scott Fuelle pointed out that there is supposed to be a 20-pound per bag limit on trash set out for collection, but many exceed that. He said size of the bags, with a tag required on each, ranges from the huge leaf bags to the little grocery store size bags, but people put tags on each of them.

"I don't think at $2 we're going to be making money on garbage pickup," Earley commented after the vote. "All it has to do is pay for itself, and that's what we hope this will do." He noted they had looked into the price of contracting with a private garbage hauler, but found that would cost even more.

By unanimous vote the board approved the Coleman/Pound Rescue Squad contract for $5,442.93, which is actually down a little from last year. Clerk/Treasurer Dianne Patz explained the contract price is based on the number of calls from each municipality.

Changes in a few other fees charged for village services and facilities were also up for discussion, and were approved with everyone voting in favor. Board members agreed it is best to keep the prices for renting park facilities in Pound at about the same rates as Coleman.

The building permit fee was increased from $10 to $25. Community Center rent charged to non-residents is increased from $100 to $125 with kitchen included, and from $50 to $75 without the kitchen, plus a security deposit, for which the price was raised from $100 to $125, with village residents to continue being charged the lower fees as listed.

Rental of the park pavilion, with electric provided, is raised from $10 to $25. Price for renting the concession building will stay at $50 for non residents, but drop to $40 for rentals by village residents. Fees for alcohol and tobacco licenses will stay the same.

Gross suggested with the increase in building permit fees they perhaps should look into getting a building inspector, and asked that it be put on the agenda for a future meeting. "I really feel we should address that," he said, adding that they should start looking into ordinances of other communities. Patz commented that people get building permits, but no one goes out to check on what is really being done.

The board has been looking into Water and Sewer ordinance changes. Patz said she has typed up ordinances from other communities and has them ready for board members to review. The board had discussed holding a special meeting to consider the ordinance changes, and it was tentatively set for 6 p.m. The next Village Board meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 14.

During time for public comment at the start of the Jan. 10 meeting, Rogodzinski stepped down from his role as trustee to that of citizen, to ask the board into getting Police Chief Ida Soletske to patrol the Business 141 route in the village at about 4:30 p.m. to catch speeders who he said race through the village at about the same time every day, even when roads are bad. He mentioned a blue four-door car and a light colored pickup truck, and declared, "I'd like these two people to get stopped at least once, and then maybe they'd slow down. If they don't, somebody's going to get hurt!"

Earley said he will check with Ida, and also will contact the Sheriff's Department to see if they can help.

Public Works Director Scott Fuelle extended thanks to Del Hannon and Dave Navis for helping out while he was on vacation.

Hannon praised Patz for her efforts that resulted in 2021 ending with no one in arrears on water and sewer bills. "That was the first time ever, and Dianne did it and she should be thanked," Hannon declared.

Fuelle reported he has been plowing a lot of snow, and had been criticized for doing too much on County Q. However, he said the county only plows 22 feet, and the rest is the responsibility of the village. mailmen couldn't get to mail boxes.

"Just keep doing what you're doing," Rogodzinski told him, and other board members agreed.

Fuelle said he had found two more leaks in sewer laterals, and once they are repaired inflow to the system will again be reduced.

Earley reported the new engine is being installed in the old garbage truck, and whatever was causing coolant to get into the engine is fixed now.


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