The Chariton City Council held discussion on and took action on whether to request proposals to contract residential solid waste and recycling collection services for the City of Chariton at the Monday, Oct. 5, city council meeting.

After the discussion, the council approved a motion by Council member Jayma Hoch to move forward with the RFP process, which is Option #1 mentioned later in the story, to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) to different haulers for solid waste and recycling collection for the City of Chariton along with providing education to residents about the recycling process that’s currently in place.

The Chariton City Council isn’t committing to any proposals or contracts in going with the RFP process. They are just looking to see what’s out there and the city council will have the final say about whether a contract will be approved or not.

During the discussion, Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said that if the city does move forward with the RFP process that the city will lay out the requirements they have to each hauler and say these are the services the City of Chariton is looking for.

“We’ll also ask what their plan is to provide a good service,” Liegois said.

If the Chariton City Council does ultimately decide to go with a single hauler for solid waste and recycling collection service, the council will have a discussion with the Chariton Water Department about how the billing services for it will be provided.

A public hearing was held at the Sept. 8 Chariton City Council meeting in order for the public to engage with the city council members on the idea of contracting out solid waste and recycling collection services for the City of Chariton.

Before the public hearing was held, residents were able to complete an on-line survey where they gave their thought on the idea of contracting out services.

Eighty-one people responded to the on-line survey and the results were as follows.

One question was “Do you prefer to have one hauler for solid waste and recycling collection?” A total of 42 people answered yes to this question and 39 answered no.

The second question was “Is curbside recycling important to you?” A total of 41 people said yes to this question and 40 said no.

The third question was “Is it important to you to have a choice in your hauler for solid waste?” A total of 57 people answered yes to this question and 23 people answered no.

“As the survey shows, there are people who want their own choice of hauler but also those who definitely want curbside recycling,” City Manager Liegois said.

Council member Roger Manser commented that most customers who spoke to him said they wanted to keep their own hauler. Council member Jayma Hoch said that people have told her that they want a choice in what hauler they have.

Near the start of the discussion, Liegois gave three options for discussion regarding whether or not to contract out for solid waste and recycling collection. They are as follows:

Read the October 13, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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