After recently approving a contract with Republic Services for garbage pick-up that did not include bulk pick-up, the Hoopeston City Council was faced with a choice of finding a site where a roll-off container could be placed to allow local residents a site to drop-off bulk garbage items.
The city initially chose to local the roll-off container south of the soccer fields on on Sixth Avenue near the lagoon, however, that choice was met with some concern during last week’s council meeting.
Alderman Carl Ankenbrand asked if the roll-off could be relocated, raising concerns that the location could result in complaints from others in the area.
Ankenbrand suggested the McFerren Park maintenance area as a possible site.
Alderman Alex Houmes also suggested moving the roll-off, though he suggested a location near the Street and Alley Department.
Council members said whatever site was chosen needed to be under control of the city and in a spot that could be secured and monitored while providing enough room for customers and Republic Services to operate.
Mayor Bill Crusinberry recommended that the roll-off remain where it is currently for the next two weeks and during that time each of the members of the council with an idea of where to relocate it should investigate that site and bring their recommendations to the next council meeting.
In other business, a representative of Prairie Meadows II addressed concerns Crusinberry had a raised about the state of the development at a previous meeting.
The issues mainly dealt with residents in the development not keeping their yards mowed, but also dealt with standing water in the development and concerns about an increased number of police calls to the development.
Andrea Runge, Director of Community and Economic Development for the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies and Illinois Community Action Development Corporation, acknowledged that there had been issues at the development and apologized on behalf of her agencies.
Runge attributed the issues with lawn maintenance to the fact that many of the residents who live in the development, which was completed late last year and had residents move in early this year, have never owned a home before and are, therefore, not used to maintaining a lawn and don’t have the equipment to do it.
To address the problem, Runge said they have engaged the services of C&D Outdoor Improvements to maintain the lawns around the development for the time being.
In the interim, Runge said she will be working with development residents to help them understand what goes into maintaining a lawn in the hopes of them taking up the responsibilities in the future.
As for the standing water, Runge said the issue had been noted and the developer who handled the project has been contacted to address the problem as soon as the weather allows.
When it comes to the police reports, Runge pointed out that she had only been in her position for several weeks and that the IACCA is currently looking to hire a management company to handle the development.
Crusinberry felt that the city had not been consulted about the residents who were chosen to live in the development as they had been with the first Prairie Meadows development and told Runge he would send her the police statistics so she could look into the matter further.
Crusinberry had also raised concerns about the physical condition of many of the houses in Prairie Meadows I, pointing out that several have tarps on their roofs.
He had hoped a representative from that development, which is owned by a different company that Prairie Meadows II, would be present at last week’s meeting.
Unfortunately, no representative was sent to hear the city’s concerns.
Runge did volunteer to forward any complaints onto the development’s owners, and listened to Crusinberry and a development resident’s concerns.
In other business:
- Alderwoman Lourdine Florek reported a good start to the swimming pool season. She said 284 people participated in the free swimming on Memorial Day and that the splash pad was particularly popular.
Florek did remind parents that younger children need to be accompanied and monitored while visiting the pool.
- Alderman Alex Houmes reported that weather had delayed a few projects at McFerren Park. These projects include resurfacing the basketball and tennis courts as well as the installation of new playground equipment on the north end of the park.
The Hoopeston City Council will next meet at 7 p.m. June 18 at City Hall.