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Oak Creek Privatizing Garbage Pickup

The Oak Creek Common Council has approved an agreement with Johns Disposal Service, which the city says will save $82,000 per year.

The city of Oak Creek has reached an agreement with Johns Disposal Service to provide garbage pickup, which officials say will save $82,000 per year.

Nothing will change for residents, City Administrator Gerald Peterson said. The blue bins remain and the schedule stays the same.

Through privatization, the city is able to eliminate three Street Department positions that had been solely dedicated to refuse collection. No layoffs are planned; officials expect attrition through retirements.

Johns Disposal Service came highly recommended by neighboring communities, Peterson said.

The Oak Creek Common Council approved a two-year contract worth $418,200 each year, with the option to extend the contract an additional two years.

Mr.Ed November 12, 2012 at 01:32 PM
saves 82,000? Doesn't seem like much. How about looking at the school budget instead?
Peter Flickinger November 12, 2012 at 04:41 PM
This is a good trend. Save money, keep quality and reduce government. Today, I'm extra glad to be an Oak Creek resident.
bohica November 13, 2012 at 03:03 AM
What happen when they get rid of the garage trucks and they raise the rates? Oh yea thats right we can't raise taxes so it will be a user fee!!!
Josh November 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The school budget has already been gutted way more than it should be. I hope you don't have kids in OC schools because I can tell you for a fact that teachers are teaching your kids the evil ways of the republicans whether you know it or not. You F with the teachers, they are going to F with you back.
Mark B November 13, 2012 at 07:08 PM
What are you talking about? The way I see it, we now no longer have to purchase the garbage trucks, pay for the maintenance and insurance on the trucks and pay an employee salary and benefits to operate it. Never saw the point in a city the size of Oak Creek being in the garbage business. Nice comment Josh. So we should just give the schools a blank check or else the teachers are going to mess with our kids? Whatever.....
tony b November 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
remember garbage trucks are fitted with plows in winter so you now have 3at least three less plows on the road this winter so be careful what you ask for rember to check with the city after this normal 53 to 60 inch winter we are going to have and see how much overtime is given out plowing compared to two years ago if you dont have any increase in overtime pay then you the taxpayer wins all the way around
Patriot November 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I think that is excellent. Where I came from prior to moving to Wi we never had city garabe unless you lived in the city limits of the main city to begin with. It was mostly all private garbabe pickup. Now if they would just do away with it all together then we the consumer could shop around for the best possible deal. I assure you that just because OC is not picking up the tab solely we are still not going to see a reduction in taxes. Get OC out of it all together and let the resident shop for their own garabe service. When you have a dozen or more to choose from the cost gets less and less..
OC Res. January 14, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Garbage trucks in OC where never setup with plows

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