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Oak Creek Will Seek Bids To Privatize Trash Pick-Up

Officials say move could impact snow plowing.

Oak Creek took a step toward privatizing trash pick-up after a unanimous Common Council vote to solicit bids from outside companies.

The city projects privatization would result in a net savings of about $16,000. Aldermen said it was important to cut costs where they could, as the city's financial situation is unlikely to drastically improve anytime soon.

"We have to look at more situations like this and look at where we can - I'm not saying in all departments - but where we can privatize," Alderman Dan Jakubczyk said.

However, privatization could also affect snow-plowing operations, as the Street Department would lose about two-thirds of a full-time-equivalent employee.

Aldermen batted around ideas about how the city could supplement help during a major blizzard and will likely continue to do so as the process for seeking bids moves along.

A final decision on privatization might come as late as November, when the 2012 budget is approved.

Street Superintendent Mike Lampe acknowledged the department's employees aren't happy about the proposal but may have little choice but to adapt.

"It is a union shop and of course they're not going to be in favor of losing any employees," Lampe said. "Even I can say I’m not happy with changes but we all have to live with them.

"We realize that we do have money issues and we need to do something to rectify the problem."

Resident of O.C. Paul June 22, 2011 at 02:28 PM
WOW!!! A savings of only $16,000 for the city throughout 1 year. I don't think such a saving is worth the thousands spent to conduct the study on how much privatizing trash pickup would save, in-fact the study probably cost enough that it will probably take 5 years of privatized collection to pay for the study. Do me a favor, and stop the silly studies, and keep collection the way it is, paying for the service as is is worth more to me that the savings. And yes i live in Oak Creek, and pay property taxes.
Mark B June 22, 2011 at 02:57 PM
In this article last week, they list a savings of $82,000 per year. http://oakcreek.patch.com/articles/oak-creek-considers-outsourcing-trash-pick-up. I for one applaud the elected officials for looking into ways to provide city services at the lowest cost to the taxpayer. That's what their fiduciary responsibility demands.
Resident of O.C. Paul June 22, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Yeah...they list a savings of $82000+ per year while trying to validate the millions they want to spend on a new City Hall and Library...Now that is fiduciary responsibility...right...what am I missing here...maybe the thoughts of the Mayor and his cronies "SPEND SPEND SPEND, IT"S NOT OUR MONEY"
Mark Schaaf June 22, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Mark - good question, should have clarified it in the story: at the council meeting last night it came out that the $82,000 figure was the "gross savings." The "net savings" is actually closer to $16,000, according to the city administrator. It's all estimates.
Mark B June 22, 2011 at 08:27 PM
I'm not for the new city hall/library either. Especially at the former Delphi site. But you have to start somewhere with looking for ways to cut costs. I find it interesting that up until now, OC has been content to keep things business as usual. Now, faced with cuts in state aid to local municipalities, there is an effort to look at ways to provide services but at lower costs. This is a good thing.

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