Wellington City Council to study bond issue for financing possible new trash collection system

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Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Luther · 144 weeks ago Surprised the council didn’t hide the studies like they did for the city employee pay scale in comparison to surrounding cities. Report Reply 0 replies · active 144 weeks ago +25 Vote up Vote down Oh boy · 144 weeks ago I read the “study” and still don’t understand why going fully automated is such a great option. 1) It talks about how it is going to be such a money saver but yet our rates will still go up either way. If it’s going to be a money saver why can’t our rates stay the same and the new savings can go to pay for all the new equipment? 2) In a town where a decent paying job is already hard to find they want to eliminate 2 jobs valued at $58k a year. Now they don’t say they will terminate these positions but rather eliminate through “attrition”, which I’m assuming means not rehire the position when someone quits/retires/fired. 3)The customers would now have to take their trash to the curb, some already have to do this but most do not. 4) The study tries to justify all this by showing that we have the lost trash service cost among comparable cities. Finally! Something is cheaper in Wellington, let’s keep it that way! Let’s summerrize: It cost more, while saving money??? It cuts 2 jobs. It requires more of the customer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 144 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Concerned · 144 weeks ago In reading the “study” it looks like they are proposing using the armory building as the sanitation building, am I correct? I saw a $100k update to that facility so that is my guess. What about the residential neighborhood around there? The rock island ball fields? The nice park to the west? The swimming pool? No way does a sanitation building need to be in the center of town. Build a new structure on the outskirts of town. The people that live around the armory need to be educated! Report Reply 0 replies · active 144 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down R U Kidding Me? · 144 weeks ago Let’s try to understand trash subject from this standpoint: Mr. Wetta stated rates will go up either way, but one way only raises rate 5% whereas the new system (According to Shane) would raise rate between 7 to 10% plus require bond money. Let me think about which one Wellington residents could afford easier? It’s doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out! Paying for a college that isn’t needed combined with paving road for it, nope, I don’t think higher math is needed for this subject. Report Reply 0 replies · active 144 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Bob · 144 weeks ago What is the website Mrs. Korte wishes we would look at to understand what the changes would be? Now the sanitation workers give excellent service to a widow. I have seen the trucks where this service is automated not pick up a container that is a little out of alignment, is that what we want? Report Reply 0 replies · active 144 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down notlla · 144 weeks ago We do not need to spend more money, we don`t have. Our present trash system works just fine. I hope the three new city council members have a little more common sense than the last three had. We do not need , a new trash system, were not Wichita or Derby or like any other big city. were Wellington America , we are broke, our utilities are sky-high along with our property and sales taxes .Who in hell would want to move to Wellington with all of this. Everybody wants to see all kinds of new businesses move in down town , but that’s not going to happen, we need people , we need two or three thousand more people to come to Wellington , A population increase is the only thing that’s going to save our town, and were going to have, to have jobs to bring them in. And a little town clean up would help,just drive around town and take a good look, you won`t even have to come south of the BNSF tracks to see it, just try east ninth street . Then come south….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 144 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Vickie H. · 144 weeks ago PLEASE – as far as I know they just brought the trash issue up this year & yes they seemed eager to jump in and get this new fancy system — they said at that time it wa almost $1 million dollars for that system ( did ya find a differant one or spit it up in quarterly payments ) raise they trash rates —- hhhhmmm hell the electric went up 30 % and a th 5% when does this end ?!?!? As if the 9.0 on sales tax isn’t enough I leave town to shop to save $$… &&&&& yes let us vote on the million dollar trash system if we’re paying for it ! PLUS – you never told us where this lovely dumpster would be placed I DONT WANT It in front of my home — not much room there to park anywyas !! ON THE STREETS IN FRONT OF THE HOUSES ?. I hope not the smell in the summer and they way garbage is done the fronts of the houses will look bad ! Oh and not only that if it on the front of the houses that’s going to narrow down a lot of room to go down the streets – think of that ? Comment on don’t believe what social media says – give us a break if some of you didn’t put it there to tell us what your doing then who would we believe !!! Why are you all so jumpy about the public believing things like this . Not exactly have a nice smoothly run council ! I don’t feel the trash service needs to be spent on- look up exactly how many homes are sitting empty, look how many are in pre-foreclosure & forclosuer, & how many houses are in the market then look at the houses that’s have set for over 5 yrs on the market- or even 3 yrs on the market — or perhaps look at the people who can’t sell through a realtor cuz it’s to long and they are selling themselves —- this should be an indication that people are buying or selling ! House are moving much period! People aren’t moving in because it’s expensive on our taxes and our utilizes ! Report Reply 0 replies · active 144 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Vickie H. · 144 weeks ago Do you guys honestly know what wage group I’m this town sits at ? How many are disabled and on a set income ? Lots of starting out kids – yeah they can afford a lot ( not) how about a single income house hold that’s limited to say $50k a year for 2 people —- keep increasing everything people will leave —— Restaurants we aren’t gettung restaurants – if they do it will be what we have fast food Report Reply 1 reply · active 144 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Luther · 144 weeks ago Slow down, re-read what you’ve wrote, and use punctuation and spell check. I’m not sure whether to agree with you or not. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council members discussed the issue of changing the trash collections system and a recycling program at its meeting Tuesday. It took no action but it did set the wheels in motion to do a bond issue to finance the program.The timeline became an issue because three new council members will take office in the middle of the process. They considered changing the timeline in light of that, but took no action.Council members also encouraged the public to look at the information about the program and not believe everything they read on social media.The council has been talking about this for a couple of years, and the entire proposal has been laid out at work sessions and is in the packet council members receive before the meetings. Those packets are available to the general public on the city’s website. These can be found here.City manager Shane Shields outlined a timeline for passing the financial package which is a bond issue. The actual bond issue would be on the agenda at the Nov. 21 meeting, and they would send bonds for sale on Jan. 2 and consider the bids on Feb. 6. The new council will be on board for the second meeting in January.  There will be three new members, and three of the current members will remain. Council members considered changing the timeline so the sale of bonds could be voted on after the new council members are on board. If that part is passed and the program is eventually voted down, it would cost the city about $17,000 in finance charges and could affect their bond rating.Shields said the sanitation rates are set to increase by five percent regardless of whether the city makes the change. If the city does make the change, the rates will go up between seven and 10 percent, so there is going to be an increase either way.  Sanitation fees have not been raised since 2010.Some council members said they had received calls and emails about the program.The city has had studies done, and seen several presentations on the program and they have expressed approval at various times.Vince Wetta said he didn’t want to raise rates, but they are going to have to either way.“This will save money and streamline things. We will be doing things better by going this route. There are a lot of good things about this. We asked for a study, and we have studied it in detail,” he said. Wetta added that the council has talked about this at meetings for more than a year.“Misinformation is the problem,” he said.Council member Jan Korte said she wished people would go to the website and look at the study for themselves.The study is contained in the work session and general meeting packets that are available online. At the meeting council members said the study would be posted by itself so it could be easily found.Kelley Hawley said she had heard from five people who were against the program.  She wondered how many people should be polled, and whether she should do something based on what five people said.“We were elected to make the best decisions,” she said, adding the city is not going to be firing any people as a result of this program.In other matters:•There will be a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m., Friday, at the high school auditorium. The city memorial auditorium, will have its veterans  room open from 11 a.m. Until 2 p.m. That day as well.•Approved a street closing arrest for an ugly sweater run Dec. 9. put on by the First Methodist Church•Approved a zoning change at 654 E. 20th Street North. A five acre plot was split off a larger piece of land and was rezoned from agricultural to residential.•Approved temporary notes that will be part of the bond issue approved earlier to finance the Cowley College expansion, Boundary Road, and the Airport project.  The total cost is $66,899, which is a small part of the overall total. It came in $10,000 less than projected.•Hired a California company to create a policy manual for the police department at a cost of $11,543. The cost will be paid by non budgeted funds the police department receives from doing auto inspections.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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