May 29, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterThe Riverton City Council has approved new, four-day-a-week operation of sanitation services for residents in order to accommodate changes from the Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District, which has reduced the days of operation at the Riverton Bale Station from seven days a week to five.
That change would go into effect beginning July 1.
The city also would eliminate alley trash Dumpsters and require residential accounts to use only rollout containers curbside.
Staff said fewer than 25 percent of residents now use alley containers.
The city has about 3,500 residential accounts, and collects trash from them Monday through Friday. About 2,700 residents use rollouts. Most residents also share alley containers is they are used.
Interim public works director Dawn Willhelm said there are fewer than 20 commercial accounts whose trash is picked up six days a week while the rest receive sanitation services once a week or up to five times a week. These accounts would be notified by city staff of the changes and be encouraged to reduce their garbage or consider an extra container provided by the city.
While the county implements its changes to make the district more efficient, city staff said Riverton also could target efficiency by increasing the use of two new sanitations trucks that are equipped with "grabber arms" that can perform the job in less time.
In a four-day a week operation, Willhelm said the underutilized new trucks would be used while eliminating the use of an older truck which would otherwise continue to cost the city more in repair costs.
The cost to purchase new rollouts would cost the city about $75,000 from the sanitation fund in next year's budget.
Council member Todd Smith noted that the cost in purchasing new roll-outs would be offset by the city's change to budget for two part-time seasonal employees rather than two full time employees in the streets department. That would save the city about $68,000 in the general fund.
Mayor Ron Warpness said he opposed using only roll-outs but recognized the efficiency in that choice. Commercial accounts would continue to use the larger alley Dumpsters.
"I personally feel like we're giving up a lot by going that direction," Warpness said.
If a five-day a week city operation were chosen, residents would continue using their alley containers, additional employees would need to be hired, older trucks would continue to be used, and there would be no open top or commercial pick-ups on Mondays, city staff determined.
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