Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 19:00
Key cards will be issued to village residents after gate is installed in spring
Village of Belgium residents who wish to use the recycling center will be charged $25 for an access card, the villageâ€™s Public
Services Committee agreed earlier this month.
Residents will be given a key card to open an electronic gate that will be installed in late spring, committee chair Vickie Boehnlein said.
â€śThis will provide the village with more control over who is dumping,â€ť Boehnlein said. â€śIt will allow residents who use the service to help support the program.â€ť
Because the gate wonâ€™t be installed until later this year, Boehnlein said the village will only charge residents $15 this year.
Residents who purchase a card will be allowed to renew for $20 annually, Boehnlein said.
In December, the Village Board agreed to install the gate after receiving complaints about non-village residents using the center, which is behind the municipal garage on Park Street.
â€śThis is costing the village a lot of money,â€ť Boehnlein said. â€śThis should be for village residents only.â€ť
Residents are allowed to take household and yard waste to the center. There is also a metal dumpster, Boehnlein said.
She also said access to the site could be restricted if residents are abusing the center.
â€śWeâ€™ll be able to monitor it so if people are dumping there five times a week, we can restrict their use,â€ť Boehnlein said. â€śWeâ€™ve had situations where people who run home remodeling businesses are using the site to dump their waste.
â€śThen theyâ€™re charging people for disposal, but really theyâ€™re doing it for free. Thatâ€™s not what the site is for.â€ť
Village officials received a quote to install the gate from Century Fence, a Pewaukee-based company, in December and received another quote earlier this week, Boehnlein said.
The software system is to be managed by O&W Communications in Sheboygan, according to village documents.
Village President Rich Howells voted against ordering the gate, but said heâ€™ll move on.
â€śI donâ€™t agree with it, but the majority rules and Iâ€™ve said that since day one,â€ť he said.
Residents will be allowed to use the site daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boehnlein said.
The committee will recommend the proposed rates to the Village Board at its Monday, Feb. 9, meeting.