County of St. Joseph Establishes Leaf Collection Plans
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Indiana (WNDU) – An agreement is underway to provide leaf pickup services to residents of St. Joseph County for the next three years.
Once again, the county would subsidize the rates homeowners pay to the collection provider (St. Joseph County Recycling).
Once again, the biggest discounts would go to customers who are the first to sign up.
“We didn’t have as many discounts, early bird discounts as needed. So we doubled the number of advance subscriptions, so that now 3,000 people, up to 3,000 can enter at a price of $ 99, ”said committee chairman Andrew Kotielney.
In 2020, a total of 1,500 advance subscriptions were funded at a total cost to the county of $ 350,000. This year, the first 3,000 customers to subscribe will be eligible for the reduced rate at a total cost of $ 424,000.
“Nothing is perfect, but I think it’s a very viable thing for residents,” Commissioner Derek Dieter said.
The deal calls for a minimum of four pickup passes from the third Monday in October through mid-December, weather permitting.
Also this year, the leaf pickup company will take over the responsibilities of the call center, dealing directly with customer concerns and complaints.
In addition, the three-year agreement promises to provide much-needed stability and consistency when it comes to leaf picking. “It’s been every year at least for at least five or six years, it’s like, ‘maybe this is the last year, maybe there isn’t a program’, so I think that will also really help. the citizens to move forward knowing that there is a plan, it will be coherent. They know what they are going to pay and we can move forward, ”Kostielney said.
Last year’s leaf collection program was not finalized until mid-August. This was the first year the county moved from covering all program costs to sharing those costs by subsidizing homeowners’ rates.
“We have three people working together to get things done and again you’re right, this is something we’ve all been talking about, do it, yadda, yadda, yadda. So, once again, we are not rushing the end of summer and fall without having a program, ”added Commissioner Dieter.
The early bird rate of $ 99 offered in 2021 would increase to $ 149 in 2022 and $ 189 in 2023.
Customers who do not qualify for the early bird rate but subscribe before October 1, 2021 will pay $ 149.00 for a single lot of one acre or less. This rate would increase to $ 229 in the third year of the contract.
The agreement provides that early registration begins on June 1, 2021 and passes to April 1, the following years.
The contract provides for a minimum of four leaf pickup passes, weather permitting, from the third Monday in October through mid-December.
The agreement will be submitted to the St. Joseph County Council of Commissioners at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m.
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