Garbage contract awarded to Lillooet Disposal and Recycling

Lillooet Disposal and Recycling has been awarded the contract to provide residential garbage collection services for areas that include the Hop Farm and areas across the river.

District of Lillooet (DOL) Chief Administrative Officer Grant Loyer said the company, owned by Doug Dew, complied with almost all aspects of the advertised Request for Proposals (RFP) that called for private residential garbage pickup in parts of Lillooet and to continue the blended service. Loyer said the one area they didn't comply with was that Dew requested he did not have to man a phone. "Considering that we do it during business hours here (DOL) and any complaints that come through on garbage are here, then it makes sense that he put that forward," Loyer said.

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There was only one proposal received and the rates over a five-year period - not including taxes - are:

Year 1 - $146.95 per annum per residential unit.

Year 2 -- $151.35 per annum per residential unit.

Year 3 - $155.90 per annum per residential unit.

Year 4 - $160.58 per annum per residential unit.

Year 5 - $165.40 per annum per residential unit.

The contract will be written as a three-year contract with an option for the DOL to continue for a maximum additional period of another two years. Although the rates were higher than the DOL had projected, Council approved the proposal with only Councillor Pat St. Dennis voting against it.

St. Dennis said, "Having been here when the pilot project was put in and having noted the changes that have taken place since that, and being in favour of course of garbage pickup being extended to the whole community, with the changes and some of the comments that I've heard from people using it I would vote against this only because I think it should be for the whole garbage contract. I believe the DOL should remove themselves from the garbage pickup."

St. Dennis said he felt that most people who take their recyclables to the dump also take their garbage there at the same time. "I don't think you (DOL) can get into picking up recyclables."

During the public question period

Community Stage Partnership Project

The Community Stage Partnership Project has been on-going for approximately four years between the DOL, Village of Clinton, Village of Cache Creek, Village of Ashcroft, Village of Lytton and School District #74. The partnership purchased a portable stage along with lighting and sound equipment that is available for groups within SD #74. Lillooet has used the stage for the Apricot Festival and several school events.

Loyer explained to Council that DOL will need to pay approximately $350.00 to $500.00 per year for ongoing costs such as maintenance, insurance, inspections, etc. His report commented that the value of this project is that it provides a service and equipment to service clubs and user groups in Lillooet that would not otherwise be available.

Council approved the motion to authorize paying the annual fee to support the project.

Freshet and Turbidity in drinking water

For information purposes only, Loyer gave Council a report on freshet and turbidity in drinking water. It stated that the DOL can expect a snow melt and high runoff in the next month or so which will affect the water quality in the creeks. The report said turbidity will possibly run over the limit of five NTUs which will require the District to issue a boil alert notice if they continue to utilize Town and Dickie Creeks for water.

Loyer's report goes on to say a decision will have to make in the future and it is a risk management decision with questions that need to be answered. Two of the questions posed were:

"Does the District continue to utilize the creek sources with a Boil Water Notice in place?" "Does the District utilize the well sources and run the gamut with all the information and misinformation out there on arsenic in our wells and how it affects an individuals health?"

"This is just something that we should be thinking about over the next couple of weeks," said Mayor Dennis Bontron, "Because probably by the next council meeting, if the weather finally warms up, it will come up for final decision."

LSS Graduating Class Community Clean-up

Mayor Bontron told Council that in the past the Lillooet Secondary School graduating class would go out on the community clean-up day and pick up garbage. Bontron said the DOL would provide the bags and paid the class $10 per bag to a maximum of $500.

Council passed the motion for this contribution to the graduation events occurring in June.

Utility Bylaws

Council gave third and final reading to three utility bylaws that will provide a 10 per cent reduction to utility charges for seniors who are eligible for the additional Home Owners Grant and to include a 10 per cent penalty for unpaid fees, consistent with the penalty date for municipal taxes.

Because of administrative setbacks, the 2011 billings were not sent out until late April and a one-time extension of the May 1 deadlines was granted. The new deadline is July 4, 2011.

These three bylaws are:

Water Connections and Regulations Bylaw No. 68, Amendment Bylaw 2011, No. 351.

Water Connections and Regulations Bylaw No. 428, Amendment Bylaw 2011, No. 352.

Sewer Connections and Regulations Bylaw No. 430, Amendment Bylaw 2011, No. 353.

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