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Okawville To Begin Recycling Program

By Rachel Shubert

Starting in February, Okawville residents will see a new $2 charge on their monthly water-sewer-trash bills. The small charge will cover the cost of keeping a large recycling container at Village Hall, which will be similar to a dumpster with several doors on it for various recyclable materials.

Glass will not be accepted at this time. Finance and Contracts Committee Chair Mo Ritzel says a solution for glass is still being explored. Electronics and appliances will still need to be dropped off at special advertised locations on designated days, as before.

Each household will have to pay the $2 fee regardless of whether they use the container. Republic Services, who also provides garbage collection services in town, will charge the Village $90 each month to rent the container and $602 each time a full container is taken away. Trustees expect that there will be need for two or more pickups by Republic Services each month.

A contract with Republic Services is expected to be approved at the next Village Board meeting on January 26. This new system will replace the Saturday morning recycling collections that were overseen by local volunteers twice each month.

The Heritage House Museum was the sole bidder on the former Moehle law office building. They have purchased the small structure on Hanover Street from the Village for $10. The bidding process was a legal formality that was completed after the board discovered it could not donate the building outright to the Heritage House.

TIF projects approved at the December 29 meeting include $1000 for CBI, $1750 for Brammeier Chiropractic, $1100 for Pizza Man, and $1500 for Carol Henderson, who owns the building that houses Reflections Hair Salon. Green’s Decorating will receive $1500 a year for the next two years, and Old Exchange National Bank will receive $2767 a year for the next five years.

Police and Liquor Committee Chair Sarah Deterding remarked that the monthly record for video gaming receipts is repeatedly being broken. This month the Village received $3,151.26 from video gaming and $813.20 in fines from the circuit clerk.

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