Valley Falls city officials vote ‘central’ recycling program
by Clarke Davis
A recycling program will begin soon in Valley Falls following city council action Dec. 21.
Mayor Charles Stutesman and the council thought they had studied the topic long enough and had a pretty good sense of what the public wanted.
The program will begin with a central location, probably behind city hall just off Walnut Street. The cost will be $1 a month for each household.
The council held a special meeting and polled people on the topic and they felt the majority did want a program but most did not want curbside at this time.
The council can upgrade in the future. The central location will not accept cardboard, which will cost another dollar if people want to add it someday. Curbside, with residences being provided wheeled containers, will cost $3 a month should the city want to move in that direction in the future.
The mayor was joined by council members Lucy Thomas, Mike Hahn, and Shawn Jepson at the council table. Jo Tichenor and Todd Harrington were absent.
The mayor outlined his new year’s plans listing these projects he expects the city to undertake:
• A new city hall at 417 Broadway.
• Phase I in supplying water to the Barnes Addition.
• A number of sewer upgrades.
• Purchase of a second police car.
• Street committee to identify gutter work, brick street repairs, and other issues.
• Swimming pool maintenance.
He indicated a special meeting might be needed to discuss a number of these projects.
In other business, the city spent over $43,000 with a Kansas City firm for pumps, motors, and electrical controls at the sewer lagoons.
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