Although the number of garbage routes in the may be shrinking — saving taxpayers $100,000 — residents won’t be seeing a reduction in services.
“This won’t result in any loss of service; there will still be twice weekly garbage, twice weekly recycling, though the days may change,” said Daniel Sarnoff, assistant village manager, about the change from six to five sanitation routes.
The village contracted with an engineering firm, to study the effects of a route consolidation as a cost-cutting measure. The report made several recommendations, one of which suggested making a separate route for commercial customers, with the remaining residential customers relegated to four routes.
The new system will save money by eliminating a vacant position, said Village Manager Richard Slingerland.
Slingerland explained that about $100,000 is saved with the first level of change in the system, including expenses for salary, medical benefits, pension, Social Security and other costs as part of the village’s adopted budget approved in April for 2011-2012.
He said that as the village goes from the full six routes down to five routes, the longtime savings is expected to reach to the range of $200,000 to $300,000 per year as the villages goes from 15 sanitation workers down to 12 through attrition.
Brochures and schedules have been mailed to residents outlining the new policy. Five streets have been left off the initial chart, but residents will be notified, said Slingerland.