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Board Approves Budget, Seals New Deal with Waste Management

Trustees unanimously stamped approval on the budget for the new fiscal year, and finalized a waste pickup contract that includes lower fees and additional services.

Lemont trustees Monday signed off an the budget for fiscal year 2014–2015.

The budget lists total revenue at $23 million, with $22 million in expenditures. 

A total of $4.1 million will be divvied up across capital projects, including water main replacement on Warner Avenue, emerald ash borer tree replacements, street resurfacing, bridge repairs and brick paver replacements, to list a few. 

Additionally, under the Downtown Tax Increment Finance funding there is $300,000 allocated for improvements to the I&M Canal. The project must be completed by Dec. 31, 2014. 

Fresh Contract for Waste Disposal 

Waste Management will continue as residents' waste disposal provider, after the board approved a new eight-year contract. 

Monthly rates for 2015 will drop by 13 percent for regular customers, and 18 percent for seniors. As part of the agreement, the yearly fee increase will be lower than in past years, and the total fee will not amount to current amounts until 2020. 

"We needed more services, for a lower cost," said Mayor Brian Reaves during the meeting. 

Residents will also be able to swap recycling carts for a larger size during a 90-day amnesty period. Yard waste pickup will also be extended, through the first full week of December. The company will also provide outhouses for village events.

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Rick Brueckmann April 16, 2014 at 07:24 AM
Why don't we have an individual choice of disposal companies ? WM is not the best and they are not senior friendly. We put very little garbage out sporadically and they won't give us much of a break. They're not the best or most proficient either. Sorry, just our frustration of past dealings with WM.
Edward Andrysiak April 17, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Rick, a fair number of people go on long vacations and stop their garbage pick up. I believe you can call them and stop pick up and billing for several months at a time. check it out. Call and ask about "vacation" scheduling.

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