BLOOMINGTON — Starting next month, the city will end a two-week grace period that the public works department has been providing to residents who continue to place bulk waste at the curb.
To acquaint residents with the change to twice-yearly free curbside pickups, city crews have left notices at homes with bulky waste on the curb after the last free citywide collection in early May. The notices gave residents two weeks to remove the items to avoid having to pay the city to remove them.
"Starting on Aug. 1, city crews will collect bulk waste material placed at the curb at the cost of $25 per (front-end loader) bucket without waiting for the sticker and door hanger process," City Manager Tim Gleason told the City Council Monday night.
"The intention of the change is to keep our community clean since the material previously could be in the parkway for up to four weeks before collection."
During the May 1-9 citywide spring bulky waste pickup, crews hauled away 277 loads of bulky waste weighing more than 547 tons. That spring collection was the beginning of the shift from picking up bulk waste every other week to twice a year at no charge.
The next free collection will be Oct. 1.
Meanwhile, residents also can arrange curbside pickup for the same fee or discard bulk waste for free at the Citizen Convenience Center at East and Jackson streets, south of the Bloomington Public Library.
Aside from bulky waste, brush and yard waste will be picked up every other week at no additional fee.
In other action at the council's meeting:
- Aldermen voted unanimously to spend $323,139 to replace the roof at the city water treatment plant at Lake Bloomington. The roof is 32 years old and is beginning to fail. The contract was awarded to CAD Construction, Tremont, which submitted the only bid.
- By a unanimous vote, aldermen awarded a contract to George Gildner Inc. to replace a water main on Cloud Drive at a cost of $385,075, the lowest of three bids submitted.
- Live Barn Inc. received unanimous council approval to install, at no cost to the city, an automated sports broadcasting system to allow online viewing of amateur and youth sporting events held at the city-owned Pepsi Ice Center.
The city will receive a share of the revenue Live Barn collects from subscribers using their service. Live Barn currently charges $14.95 per month for its standard service and $24.95 for a premium option.