Recycling survey

Vandalia residents can now vote, either online or on paper, on a proposed water bill surcharge for local recycling services, and they have a little more than a week to do so.
Kim Taylor, FAYCO Enterprises executive director, announced on Monday that FAYCO had set up a Survey Monkey online survey.
Residents can connect to the online survey by using links that are on the websites and Facebook pages of The Leader-Union (www.leaderunion.com and www.facebook.com/theleaderunion/) and WKRV/WPMB Radio (http://www.vandaliaradio.com/ and Wkrv Wpmb).
On the survey, residents are asked to respond to the following questions:
• Do you use the recycling drop-off centers in Vandalia?
• Select which recycling center(s) you use: traditional (paper, plastic, etc.) and/or electronic recycling; or neither.
• Are you a city of Vandalia water customer?
• If yes, are you willing to pay a $1.25 monthly surcharge to continue these (recycling) services?
• If you are not a city water customer, are you willing to pay for the use of these (recycling) services?
There is also an area for comments.
The Facebook link for the survey created by FAYCO is https://www.survaeymonkey.com/r/X8VS5JN. The Internet link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X8J8C3G
For those who do not have Internet access, the survey can be taken online at Evans Public Library or via a paper copy available at city hall, WKRV, The Leader-Union or the library.
The survey will run through 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.
The results of the survey will go to Mayor Rick Gottman and the city council.
The council will likely be asked to vote on contracts with the two agencies through which a $1.25 monthly surcharge would be added to water bills.
FAYCO accepts recyclable items such as magazines, newspapers, cardboard, plastic, and steel and aluminum cans at 2022 Wagner St., and the SWCD office accepts electronic items such as televisions and computers on Wednesday afternoons at its office at Third and Johnson streets in Vandalia. If the surcharge is added to water bills, residents would continue to take recyclables to those locations.
The proposal for the surcharge was created during a meeting of the city council’s cemetery and landfill committee meeting in April. At the conclusion of that committee meeting, Taylor and Karen Sanders of the SWCD agreed to have their legal counsels draft agreements for the surcharge that the city’s legal counsel would review before a council vote on the issue.
At that April meeting, Taylor told city officials that FAYCO would be discontinuing the service if it did not receive some financial support. In recent years, Taylor said in April, FAYCO has lost as much as $30,000 a year in operating the recycling program due to due to the price of recyclable commodities dropping in recent years.
The SWCD office has a charge of $5 per load of electronic items, but not everyone who turns in items pays that fee.
 

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