Local Government

City retreats on yard waste stickers for now

Fixed-route driver Debbie Altgilbers, center, is recognized Monday at the Quincy City Council meeting by Transportation Director Marty Stegeman and Mayor Kyle Moore for 20 years of service with Quincy Transit Lines.
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 11, 2019 9:20 pm Updated: Feb. 12, 2019 7:20 am

QUINCY -- The city of Quincy will not charge residents for yard waste pickup for at least one more year.

The Quincy City Council on Monday approved a five-year contract with Evans Recycling to operate the city's brush site on Radio Road and handle yard waste pickup. An ordinance to establish a $3 yard waste sticker was tabled indefinitely.

The contract will cost $810,000 per year, with a 2 percent annual increase, up from the $570,000 currently charged.

"Right now, we're just going to do it as we've always been doing it with no charge to the citizens," said Alderman Dave Bauer, D-2.

After a year, he said the service will be reviewed to see if a fee needs to be instituted.

Alderman Terri Heinecke, R-7, asked whether a shorter contract could be approved, but Alderman Tony Sassen, R-4, said the Evans needed a five-year deal as they will invest in new trucks to continue the service.

Last month, aldermen approved proposals to double the price of garbage stickers to $1.50 each -- $15 for a strip of 10 -- and to establish a $5 per month fee for residents who wish to participate in the recycling program.

In other business, aldermen approved an ordinance that only would allow nightclubs and cabarets by special permit in industrial districts. The special permit, which is a requirement for similar establishments in the downtown district, would require one off-street parking being provided for every 2.3 people toward maximum capacity and removal of waste and litter within 200 feet of the property by 6 a.m.

Two requests were forwarded to the Plan Commission.

J. Michael Haubrich asked for a special permit for a three-bay strip mall with no drive-thru at 2032 and 2034 Broadway, which are zoned single-family residential. A previous plan that called for a drive-thru was denied a special permit by both the Plan Commission and the City Council after complaints from area residents.

Quincy Land Developers, LLC, seeks to rezone 4827 State from rural to commercial zoning for brew house and restaurant uses.