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Survey on solid waste disposal preferences to be posted

DeKALB – With the city’s solid waste contract set to expire this year, public works staff are planning to post a survey to evaluate current refuse and recyclable collection services before developing a proposal for a new contract.

Since the city’s contracted services under its current vendor, Waste Management Inc., are bundled and mandated for all residents regardless of whether they use them, city staff members want to use the survey to evaluate each service based on price and impact on level of service.

DeKalb Public Works Director Tim Holdeman gave an update of the process during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

“One of the things we must consider is that the level of service residents receive dictates the fee,” Holdeman said. “The more services you ask for, the larger the fee residents will pay for.”

The data from the survey will help solicit the best fees in the request for proposal.

The current monthly fee for a single family home under the city’s current vendor is $20.66.

The option also is available to extend the contract with Waste Management for another two years at a
2.5 percent rate increase.

Patrick DiDiana, management analyst with the public works department, said the hope is to have the survey out by next week and keep it up for a month to collect feedback.

An online survey platform such as Survey Monkey or Qualtrics will host and compile the data through the city’s website. Residents with limited or no online access should contact the city to request a paper copy or submit their responses in person at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

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