Village officials will have to decide whether they want to pay to continue electronic recycling collection
Village of Saukville officials began taking a close look at their anticipated 2016 budget last week with a day-long tour of municipal facilities.
But even before that road trip, Public Works Director Ray de Bruijn told the Public Works Committee the spending plan will include some challenges.
Among the issues village trustees will be asked to resolve is what to do about the annual electronics recycling collection.
In past years, Advanced Disposal — and preceding waste-collection providers — offered the village use of dumpsters for the annual collection.
However, de Bruijn said that precedent changed this year.
After the village held its electronics collection, it received a bill for $5,000. That charge was made without notifying the village.
“That was quite a shock. The first time I heard about it was when (Deputy Clerk Mary Kay Baumann) asked me what the charge was for,” de Bruijn told the committee.
When the disposal company was contacted about the charge, they said there is no market for recycled electronics and they end up having to pay to dispose the collected items.
Village Administrator Dawn Wagner said the new cost makes it a topic for the upcoming budget.
“You are going to have to decide whether you want to take a $5,000 hit for this collection,” Wagner told the committee.
The relentless destruction caused by the emerald ash borer will also have an impact on the next budget, de Bruijn said.
“The DNR is saying in the next three to five years, we are going to be taking the biggest hit. The number of trees we will be taking down is in the hundreds,” he said.
Ash trees are prominent in Grady and Quade parks, and de Bruijn said it is likely all those trees will be killed by the pest.
There are subdivisions in the village where every ash tree is already dead or dying, he said.
In anticipation of the affects of the blight, the village has purchased a stump grinder that will be used to remove the remnants of those fallen trees. In the past, the village has had to rent such equipment.
The budget will need to include a request for additional money for planting new trees, de Bruijn said.
He said the village is also looking into hiring a private logging company that would remove ash trees that are still in decent condition at no cost to the village, as long as they get to keep the timber.
The village will also apply for a DNR forestry grant, although de Bruijn said the competition for those funds from other communities hit hard by the EAB is likely to be heavy.
In addition to routine road spending, de Bruijn has tentatively recommended funding for the cost of a culvert project on Cedar Sauk Road.
The Ozaukee County Highway Department has estimated the project would cost $4,000, but the responsibility is shared with the Town of Saukville.
Funding for the project should be included in the budget only if the town agrees to cover its share, de Bruijn said.
He is recommending the reconstruction of Center Street be deferred until 2017, and that the project be rolled into work planned for Church Street.
“That project is going to cost more than we expected, so it seems better to roll them into one borrowing in 2017,” de Bruijn said.