Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 19:00
Key cards will be issued to village residents after gate is installed in spring
Village of Belgium residents who wish to use the recycling center will be charged $25 for an access card, the village’s Public
Services Committee agreed earlier this month.
Residents will be given a key card to open an electronic gate that will be installed in late spring, committee chair Vickie Boehnlein said.
“This will provide the village with more control over who is dumping,” Boehnlein said. “It will allow residents who use the service to help support the program.”
Because the gate won’t be installed until later this year, Boehnlein said the village will only charge residents $15 this year.
Residents who purchase a card will be allowed to renew for $20 annually, Boehnlein said.
In December, the Village Board agreed to install the gate after receiving complaints about non-village residents using the center, which is behind the municipal garage on Park Street.
“This is costing the village a lot of money,” Boehnlein said. “This should be for village residents only.”
Residents are allowed to take household and yard waste to the center. There is also a metal dumpster, Boehnlein said.
She also said access to the site could be restricted if residents are abusing the center.
“We’ll be able to monitor it so if people are dumping there five times a week, we can restrict their use,” Boehnlein said. “We’ve had situations where people who run home remodeling businesses are using the site to dump their waste.
“Then they’re charging people for disposal, but really they’re doing it for free. That’s not what the site is for.”
Village officials received a quote to install the gate from Century Fence, a Pewaukee-based company, in December and received another quote earlier this week, Boehnlein said.
The software system is to be managed by O&W Communications in Sheboygan, according to village documents.
Village President Rich Howells voted against ordering the gate, but said he’ll move on.
“I don’t agree with it, but the majority rules and I’ve said that since day one,” he said.
Residents will be allowed to use the site daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Boehnlein said.
The committee will recommend the proposed rates to the Village Board at its Monday, Feb. 9, meeting.