NORMAL — Twin City residents are on track to continue to have free drop-off recycling despite the town of Normal cutting the service from its budget.
Normal recycling company Midwest Fiber will take on the service, saving taxpayers an estimated $138,000 per year while maintaining access, though at a lower level than now, pending City Council approval Monday.
The town would go from eight recycling drop-off sites to four: Chiddix Junior High School, 300 S. Walnut St.; Jewel-Osco, 901 S. Cottage Ave.; University Center, 1101 N. Main St.; and Walmart, 300 Greenbriar Drive.
"They like the product. It generates a fair amount of recyclable product that they can process and sell," said City Manager Mark Peterson of Midwest Fiber. "We think it's terrific. It's a useful service, not only for some of our residents, but people living in Bloomington and rural areas."
The town would continue to own the metal recycling containers and a container truck, but Midwest Fiber would take possession of them at the end of 2019. The company would be on the hook to offer the service through May 7, 2020.
The town also is considering ordinances to make landlords offer recycling to apartment residents, a frequent request of Illinois State University students, and to require construction and demolition waste to be recycled.
In other business, the council will consider:
• A three-year contract with Pam Reece, now deputy city manager, to serve as city manager for $185,000 per year. Mark Peterson, who will hold that position through March 30, makes $189,405.
• The town's 2018-2023 budget and capital improvement plan. The $102 million 2018-19 budget is $20 million less than the previous year, including eliminating 24 employees and several programs.
• A four-year schedule of waste disposal fee increases. Officials want to eliminate the town subsidy of that program by raising monthly fees from $18 to $24 per month on April 1, then each April until the fee is $32 in 2021.
• A 2 percent water rate increase, expected to cost the average household $10 per year. The town also will move from billing every two months to billing on a monthly basis.
• Intervening in a property tax challenge from the company that sold the former Mitsubishi Motors North America plant to Rivian Automotive.
Maynards Industries, a Michigan industrial asset auction, appraisal and liquidation company, has appealed the 2016 assessment and resulting property tax bill on the Normal plant — first to McLean County's Board of Review, which ruled against Maynards last year, and to the state's Property Tax Appeal Board in January.
Local officials are assembling evidence to give to the board through mid-April before a potential hearing, and taxing bodies are officially signing on for the legal process.