The Ottumwa Courier

February 20, 2014

Keosauqua considers change in solid waste hauler

Courier correspondent

---- — KEOSAUQUA — The Keosauqua City Council is considering switching its solid waste hauler, according to Mayor Nasseem Hesler.

“We discussed at a work session and we would like to switch,” said Hesler. “Based on the contract, we would try the 90-day termination and see what Waste Management’s response is.”

Hesler made the announcement during the regular city council meeting Feb. 11.

Waste Management handles Keosauqua, Milton, Cantril, Mt. Sterling, Bonaparte, Birmingham and Stockport. Their contract with the “Van Buren County Service Agency” was renewed on July 1, 2012, and terminates June 30, 2020.

The contract gives Waste Management “exclusive rights” to solid waste/recycling materials.

According to the contract:

“The initial term of this contract shall be for eight (8) years. Contract shall commence on July 1, 2012, for Solid Waste and Recycling, terminating June 30, 2020. At the end of this period, the contract shall automatically renew for like terms unless either party gives notice to the other concerning non-renewal, at least ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the contract.

The fee in 2012 was $13.67 per household per month, subject to an annual increase of two percent.

Currently, Waste Management provides recycling service every other week.

The city has been in discussion with Sedore Trash Removal which has contracts with other cities in Southeast Iowa.

Troy Sedore said the cost would be less than what Waste Management charges and he would give more service. It would cost the city around $11 per residence per month, he stated.

Sedore would provide recycling every week and would also include appliances.

“We would have to discuss how to handle yard waste and food waste. Most towns we have contracts with are for five years,” he said.

He said on commercial accounts, he has offered a buyout of Waste Management contracts.

No action was taken by the council.