City Council Update

City Council met for the first time in 2015, discussing a variety of topics for the new year.

First on the list, a new group to haul out Naperville’s trash.
Council approved a four year, $22.6 million contract with Waste Management for residential garbage and landscape waste collection.

This was one of four bids submitted by three companies. The current supplier, Republic Services submitted two bids, their last being slightly lower than Waste Management’s, but not significant enough to win out.

“This was a big, big win for the city, $1.3 million over the course of the contract when we have a $12 million budget gap that’s going to help a bit,” said Steve Chirico, Councilman for the City of Naperville. “You know it sort of gets back to we’re not smarter than the market and we shouldn’t question the market, let the market work. When it does, open up a bid, you have competition and competition almost always benefits the buyer, and in our case the residents of the city are the buyers.

The group will begin their contract on May 1.

In other news, five new 15-minute parking spaces were approved for the downtown area. These spots will be located near the Main Street Promenade East development along Main Street, Webster Street and Van Buren Avenue, which is just what the area needs according to Paul Hinterlong.

“If you just want to go out to get a gift card or something, you’re just looking to find a quick easy spot, I do that all the time. Those are always the first spots I look for, are those 15-minute spots, so I always thought we could use a few more of these because they’re always used,” said Hinterlong, Councilman for the City of Naperville.

The new spaces are meant to help not only the retail spaces but offices in the area as well.

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