The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

November 16, 2013

Council moves forward with possible outsourcing of solid waste services

CLINTON — City officials are one step closer to developing a request for proposal (RFP) for solid waste services for the city of Clinton.

In an attempt to reduce solid waste fees for residents, the Clinton City Council has worked with employees and department heads to figure out a way to save money for garbage disposal.

One way the city has decided that can be done is to contract the job out to private disposal companies and select the lowest bidder.

At a City Council meeting Tuesday, a first draft of the RFP was presented by City Administrator Jessica Kinser, who asked the council to look over the 20-page draft and pick out pieces it likes and pieces it doesn't like.

"I'm not expecting by the end of the night for us to have something ready to go," Kinser said. "This is just an opportunity for you to give feedback on the first draft."

One idea the council discussed at length was whether the city would issue a mandatory disposal fee.

If the city decides that is what it wants, then every eligible resident will pay a fee and will have the option to use the service if they so choose. Residents could choose to hire their own service, but they still will be required to pay that fee.

The question of the city's intent on issuing the RFP also came up at Tuesday's meeting, when Mayor Mark Vulich asked the council why it was discussing the possibility.

"My question is, is our intent to one, just flat out get out of the garbage business or two, to find the best deal for our citizens?" Vulich asked

Kinser assured the council and Vulich that the RFP is designed to look out for the best interest of the city and its residents.

"We are doing this as a managed competiton," Kinser said. "I think the goal will be trying to find the best price for the residents, as opposed to getting out of it altogether."

The next step for the council will be to organize several work sessions to break down each portion of the RFP and decide which parts it would like to keep and which parts are unnecessary, with the hope that a final RFP will be issued no later than spring.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Northeast 1 Work continues on STEM wing (with VIDEOS)

    GOOSE LAKE — Rising out of the school grounds, the construction of a new athletic center and science wing continues at Northeast Middle/High School in Goose Lake.School administration and the board of education toured the construction site Thursday n

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Second arbitration filing

    AFSCME union is the second this summer to file for arbitration against Clinton.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fire causes Vitale's closure

    Vitale's restaurant closed this afternoon, according to the business's Facebook page, citing a small fire for the cause of the closing.

    July 21, 2014

  • kyle.jpg Voices lifted for Habitat (with VIDEOS)

    CLINTON — Members of the community came out in droves Sunday afternoon to attend a Concert for a Cause, a first-time event benefiting Habitat of Humanity of Clinton County.More than 70 voices joined together in the Vernon Cook Theater for the CHS Alu

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • GM looks to combat decreasing revenue CLINTON — The new general manager of the Clinton Wild Rose Casino and Resort hopes to utilize programs and giveaways to counteract decreasing revenue.During the Clinton County Development Association meeting last week, General Manager Travis Dvorak r

    July 21, 2014

  • Talent Show secondary art Two move on to State Fair DEWITT — Want a free bid to the Iowa State Fair? A few girls in the Clinton County Fair’s Bill Riley Talent Show figured out that one way to punch that ticket is to get on the stage.Participants age 7 to 16 did so on Sunday, showcasing their gymnasti

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Eight dead people still registered to vote

    CLINTON — The Iowa Secretary of State’s office found that 1,234 presumed dead people are still registered to vote in Iowa, including eight in Clinton County.The state uncovered the names by cross referencing with the Social Security Death Index. The

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • Kinser salary increase on the agenda

    CLINTON -- Seven months into the new term, the Clinton City Council has avoided closed session. Tuesday’s regular meeting, however, features two topics that likely will move into a closed meeting.First, city leaders will discuss “pending or imminent

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • Clinton woman suffers gunshot wound

    A woman suffered a gunshot wound today in Clinton.

    July 20, 2014

  • Academy encourages informed citizens CLINTON — The city of Clinton is encouraging citizens to pay more mind of their local government. Through the city’s inaugural Citizen’s Academy, Clinton’s leaders hope to give people a better understanding of how the city works.City clerk Pat Van Lo

    July 19, 2014

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche

Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.