Trash Pick up
The trash is picked up every Monday (unless it is a holiday, then trash pick up will be Tuesday). You are allowed 5 bags per week. Please bag and tie all trash. Yard waste, paint, liquids and hazardous material are prohibited. You are also allowed to have 4 large items picked up each year if a sticker is on them. You can get the stickers (which are free) at the Township Hall. American Waste is our current Trash Pickup Contractor you can contact them for any pickup issues at 231-258-9030.
What We Pay for Trash Pick Up
A bid request for trash pick up was answered by one contractor only and opened at the November 6, 2019 regularly scheduled board meeting. At that meeting we signed a three year contract with American Waste for 2020 through 2022 at the rate of $81,600, $84,000 and $86,400 respectively.
The cost of trash pick up has increased substantially. Our current contract expiring on December 31, 2019 has a yearly cost of $48,540. The new contract for 2020 is $33,060 more and constitutes a 68.1% increase.
How We Fund Trash Pick Up
Trash pickup for all property owners is paid for by a voter approved property tax. The Trash Pickup fund is then used to pay a contractor (currently American Waste) to collect and dispose of residential trash.
The Trash Pickup fund is maintained by a 4 year millage. The millage of 0.6 was duly passed by the voters in August 2018.
Funding History for Trash Pick Up
Funding from the August 2012 millage duly passed by voters was valid through the 2017 tax year. The Board reduced this millage to .3 mills for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 tax years and .4 mills for 2013, 2014 and 2015 because this was adequate to maintain the fund reserves. The millage of 0.5 expired at the end of 2017.