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Village heeds objections to trash change

July 29, 2014

A concern brought before the Village of Elm Grove Board of Trustees is being extinguished as quickly as it was voiced.

At Monday's Board of Trustees meeting, Elm Grove resident Mary Inden brought up the issue of waste collection in the village, noting that any change would be detrimental to residents.

"Please do not change our pickup. Elderly people like myself will have to move (containers) and it's not easy whether they're on wheels or not," Inden said.

While the board's discussion of the issue took place in a closed session Monday night, Village Manager Dave DeAngelis was quick to dispel concerns Tuesday.

"At this point in time, we're not looking at making any changes," DeAngelis said. "I would say it is extremely unlikely."

DeAngelis says that the village's two options are to continue with its up-the-drive service or to change to a curbside service that would require residents to bring their garbage and recycling containers to the edge of the street.

"The village currently has up the drive service and we're looking to maintain (that)," DeAngelis said.

The reconsideration stems from Waukesha County's change in handling recyclables. The county is shifting to a single stream of recycling after previously requiring residents to sort recyclables according to material.

The Village of Elm Grove's current garbage and recycling contract expires in March. DeAngelis says that in order to make an effective transition, the village will have to settle on a vendor by November or December.

DeAngelis noted that up-the-drive service can cost more than curbside, but says that the village is not far enough into the process to estimate the difference in cost.

Also at Monday's meeting, Trustees discussed the ongoing efforts by the City of Brookfield to extend Wisconsin Ave. to Pilgrim Parkway.

"They've asked the village for review of a traffic analysis. The village owns the last 100 feet of right-of-way that they would need to connect to," Trustee Pat Kressin said. "(The City) has asked us to engage our own traffic engineer to review it."

Trustees agreed to allocate an amount not to exceed $6,200 in order to have its own consultant analyze seven options submitted by the city as possibilities for extending Wisconsin Ave.

"This has sort of come back every five years or so for at least 20 years. We're not opposed to them improving that connection if we can do it in a way that does not make the situation worse," Village President Neil Palmer said. "(Traffic) backs up between the Watertown Plank Road light and the Bluemound light and you'll see people get stranded. It looks like (these plans) might improve it."

In other business, officials expressed gratitude to all workers and staff involved in the recently competed pathway along Juneau Blvd.

"I've received a lot of compliments on the path," Palmer said. "People seem to be very happy with the outcome. People are asking for more."

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