BLUEWATER – Residents who receive bi-weekly waste pickup in Bluewater are being offered a reduced annual rate for their waste bins.
Councillors passed a motion during the March 22 regular council meeting which will allow residents to opt for a large waste bin while paying the price of a medium bin instead. The change in pricing means the $290 large wheelie bin will cost rural residents who receive bi-weekly waste pickup $205.
The motion acts as an extension of a decision made during council’s Jan. 18 budget meeting where a motion was passed to provide rural residents medium bins at the cost of small bins up to a cost of $100,000 to the municipality. That change made the medium bins available to rural residents for $120 instead of $205.
According to manager of public works Dave Kester, residents will be informed about the option to receive a larger bin at the reduced rates, but those who wish to keep their current bins won’t be forced to make the switch.
“I know there are going to be a handful of residents that are content with the small bin and want to keep the small bin,” said Kester. “We did feel that it was important to ask what their preference was on that.”
Kester wrote in a report to council that there are 26 rural residents with large waste bins, and while considering that number, the municipality would see an estimated loss of revenue of $2,210 annually with the decreased rate.
As previously reported by Postmedia, Bluewater replaced its bag tag collection system with an automated waste collection system last June, and some rural residents were concerned about the standardized costs across the municipality since they’d be receiving bi-weekly waste pickup instead of weekly pickup like urban areas in Bluewater.
In a report presented to councillors during the March 23, 2020, regular council meeting, municipal staff estimated that the annual cost of offering medium bins to rural residents at the price of a small bin would cost the municipality about $68,000 annually.
The motion to offer bins at a reduced rate carried while being opposed by Coun. George Irvin.
Other council notes:
Pickup sweeper tender
The tender for a pickup sweeper for a loader was awarded to Colvoy Equipment during the meeting.
The successful Colvoy bid was one of three bids received by the municipality, coming in at $48,196.70 before HST. It was the highest bid received, but it was the only bid which met the specifications included in the tender.
According to a report written by Kester, the new piece of equipment should allow the municipality to more efficiently sweep sidewalks, intersections and bridge decks throughout Bluewater. In the past they’ve had to rent equipment from other municipalities to complete the roads sweeping collection program.