Sunday, March 9, 2008
Recycling Effort Moves Forward
The Raytown Recycling Committee was created last year when Mayor David Bower and Alderman Greg Walters sat down together and came up with a short list of members to serve on the Committee. After reaching agreement on the members, the Mayor drafted a memo to the Board of Aldermen announcing the formation of the Committee. By doing so, the Mayor fulfilled the direction given by voters in the 2005 Charter Election in which voters over-whelmingly approved the formation of a Recycling Task Force. The first goal of the Committee, set out by Mayor Bower in the memo, included finding a new location for Raytown’s Recycling Center. The current location will not be available after July 1st due to the construction of a Walmart Store. At the March 4th meeting of the Raytown Board of Aldermen the Committee gave its report and recommendations. In a thorough six month search, the Committee examined over one dozen potential locations for the recycling center. Committee members Diane Krizek, Norma Storms, Ken Fleischmann and Interim Public Works Director David Frazier told the Board of Aldermen that the Committee had settled on moving the Recycling Center back to where it was originally set up many years ago, the city’s Public Works Garage located at 6417 Railroad Street near Downtown Raytown. The report cited the need for continuing the Recycling Center in Raytown. The nearest three centers to Raytown were a 12 to 28 mile round trip. The Committee also recognized the city's current budget crunch. With an eye towards the local economy, the Committee selected property the city already owns and maintains in it daily operation. The selected site has a lot going for it. It is fenced and lit at night. And, it is secure. The police department fuels its vehicles at the location. A plus that should help eliminate the illegal dumping that has become a big problem at the current location. Since the city owns the property, there is no rental cost and it is covered by the city’s umbrella of insurance. The garage area is also manned during regular business hours five days of the week. The Recycling Committee made two other proposals. One proposal was acted on by the Board, one was not. HAULING SERVICE PROVIDER CHANGED: The city currently pays Deffenbaugh Trash Service $550 per month to haul away the recycled paper, aluminum, plastic, glass and cans. The Recycling Committee found another provider who will not only haul away the material but also pay the city for the recyclables. The change in haulers is expected to net the city up to $4,000 income on an annual basis. The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously 10 to 0 to approve the recommendation. GLASS: According to Dave Frazier of Public Works, Deffenbaugh told him that they don’t need the glass and so they have to charge to have it hauled off. Deffenbaugh currently charges the city an extra $100 to haul off the glass collected at the Center. Another contacted hauler told the city that it will not accept glass in its containers. The Recycling Committee recommended glass not be accepted until a market for it develops in the Kansas City area. The Board of Aldermen voted 5 to 5 on the recommendation. Mayor David Bower cast a “No” vote to break the tie. How they voted: YES: Walters, Ertz, Melson, Aziere, Fleming NO: Hamilton, White, Sargent, Creamer, Schlapia TIEBREAKER: NO - Bower Alderman Greg Walters made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Committee to relocate the Recycling Center to the Public Works Garage. Alderman Pat Ertz seconded the motion. The Mayor and some members of the Board expressed a desire to hold a Public Hearing on the matter. In light of the request, Walters and Ertz removed the motion for approval. A motion was then made by Alderman Jim Hamilton to conduct a Public Hearing. Walters asked that he Public Hearing be held on April 1st in order to give the public adequate time to learn of the issues to be discussed at the hearing. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at Raytown City Hall (10000 East 59th Street). The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.