Subscribe for 33¢ / day

BLOOMINGTON — At a work session Monday night, Bloomington public works staff will discuss with the City Council how it wants to address an anticipated $2.4 million shortfall in the solid waste program.

Following the work session at 6:10 p.m., the council will meet in a regular, voting session at 7 p.m., which will feature a "state of the city" address delivered by Mayor Tari Renner.

The meetings will be held at City Hall, 109 E. Olive St.

The total cost of the solid waste program for this fiscal year is $8 million.

The program was designed by the council to operate as an enterprise program, which means that fees cover the costs of expenses.

Because the number of city residents opting to take the cheapest of three trash cart sizes  — a 35-gallon cart, fixed at $16 per month — was nearly triple the estimate, scheduled increases in the refuse fee won't create enough revenue to meet expenses, Public Works Director Jim Karch told the council last month.

Staff is recommending that after May 1, cart sizes would be determined by household size: a 35-gallon cart at $16 per month for a one-person household; a 65-gallon cart at $20 per month for a two-person household; and a 95-gallon cart at $23 per month for households with three or more people.

Other recommendations include charging for all bulk and brush pickup and letting market demand determine the service level. 

Staff also is asking the council to consider approving subsidizing the solid waste program by $1.5 million from the general fund during Fiscal Year 2016.

In other business, the council 

the council will consider approving revisions updating its procurement (purchase of goods, service and commodities) practices.

Connect Transit General Manager Andrew Johnson will update the council on a shift next year to fixed bus stops, which will include signs designating places to catch a bus. 

McLean County Regional Planning Commission, Executive Director Vasudha Pinnamaraju will update the council on the City of Bloomington's 2105 Comprehensive 


Load comments