Crown Point ap­proves new trash con­tract with Repub­lic

Post-Tribune - - Local - BY CAR­RIE NAPOLEON

CROWN POINT — Res­i­dents will see a phased-in in­crease of $2.11 in their monthly trash col­lec­tion rate over the next six years but still will have the low­est rates in the area.

The Board of Public Works and Safety this week ap­proved ex­tend­ing the con­tract for trash col­lec­tion with Repub­lic Ser­vices, grad­u­ally rais­ing the rate over the cur­rent rate of $13.26 per month per res­i­dence.

“We have stair-stepped the en­tire (rate in­crease) process,” Mayor David Uran said.

The rate will re­main un- changed un­til Septem­ber 2015 when the first in­crease goes into ef­fect, ac­cord­ing to a price com­par­i­son pro­vided by city of­fi­cials. Be­gin­ning Septem­ber 2015, the rate will rise to $13.66 per month, then to $14.07 per month in Septem­ber 2016, $14.49 in Septem­ber 2017, $14.92 a year later and $15.37 in Septem­ber 2019, ac­cord­ing to the con­tract.

Uran said the fi­nal 2019 rate is less than Crown Point’s neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties pay for trash col­lec­tion.

Col­lec­tion rates for Low­ell, St. John and Cedar Lake this year are $16.48, $16.30 and $16.96 per month, re­spec­tively. In six years, Low­ell res­i­dents will pay $19.68 per month, St. John’s will pay $20.04 and those in Cedar Lake will pay $20.85.

Uran at­trib­uted the good deal that Crown Point gets for trash col­lec­tion in part to for­mer Mayor James Met­ros, who ne­go­ti­ated the first deal with Repub­lic in 1999 and now works for the com­pany. He said it’s also help­ful that Repub­lic has an of­fice and trash trans­fer sta­tion in the city.

City coun­cil pres­i­dent Robert Cle­mons said the city’s con­tracts with Repub­lic Ser­vices have saved tax­pay­ers thou­sands of dol­lars over the years. He said Crown Point does not have to pay a fuel sur­charge that’s at­tached to the bills in many other towns.

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