Beach Park trustees talk trash options, cost
By Tina Johansson Special to The News-Sun April 19, 2013 6:06PM
Beach Park officials agreed to have low bidder Advanced Disposal (formerly Veolia Environmental Services) conduct the yearly Spring Clean- up, which will take place in May. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: June 19, 2013 3:03AM
While in the preliminary stages of exploration, officials at the village of Beach Park are pondering having a single-waste hauler do the job at a discounted rate.
Currently residnets have the option of “five or six” different companies varying in cost that will remove trash on a weekly basis, sometimes offering yard waste pickup for an extra fee.
Beach Park Mayor John Hucker said for the past few months trustees have been looking into the feasibility issue of streamlining waste hauling, yard waste and even recycling.
The mayor said recycling could bring a small amount of revenue to the village. “It may not be a
lot, but as I like to say ‘every thousand dollars helps.’”
“But the primary reason we are looking into this is that we have a lot of truck traffic on the street, and the trucks are very heavy,” said Hucker. “On any given day you might have three garbage trucks running up and down the street.” And maintainting 65 miles of its streets is the single largest cost to the village, he added. “With freezing and thawing during seasons, and heavier traffic, it really takes a toll on the roads.”
Residents have spoken both in favor and against a move to have a single service, said the mayor, but if the village decides to go ahead with such a plan, they would seek the lowest bidder.
And the bills would be sent straight to the property owners as they are now, said Hucker. The village has no real estate tax to attach a trash collection bill to, nor is everyone on village water. “We still have a lot of people on wells,” he noted.
The future of yard waste burning is still up in the air. Because Beach Park is a diverse community with lot sizes ranging from small to acreage, there has always been opposing views to leaf burning. Currently the practice is allowed, but there are ordinances and restrictions limiting time of year, time of day and location of fires.
“I have always leaned toward allowing the burning of leaves, but I certainly understand the problems that people encounter with those that burn wet leaves,” said the mayor.
In related news, at the April 11 village board meeting, officials approved to have low bidder Advanced Disposal (formerly Veolia Environmental Services) conduct the yearly Spring Clean-up in Beach Park, which will take place in May.
Depending on where you live or own a business, the dates are as follows: May 4 for areas west of Lewis Avenue including Cambridge subdivision; May 11 for all in the village north of Beach Road and east of Lewis; and May 18 for those south of Beach Road and east of Lewis.
All items must be at the curb for pickup by 7 a.m. and must be manageable by two persons, measuring no more than five feet in length. Furniture and appliances are examples of items. Refrigerators will be picked up only if the refrigerant (Freon) is drained.
Tire drop-off, concrete and electronics Dumpster will be at the village public works facility, 40185 Glendale Ave., on the same Saturday as your pickup date. Rims must be removed from tires before placing in the Dumpster. A valid Beach Park vehicle sticker is required to the drop-off Dumpster.
For more information on what can and cannot be picked up, call the village hall at (847) 746-1770 or visit www.villageofbeachpark.com.