Council approves new contract with Honey Creek, makes appointments to park and fire boards

The De Soto City Council approved a new, five-year contract with Honey Creek Disposal for the city's refuse needs at their regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3.

City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle recommended accepting the contract as the city's rates, minus the new $4 charge for the county-mandated recycling program that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2012, will remain the same from the city's last contract signed in 2007. According to Guilfoyle, De Soto's refuse rates through Honey Creek are "very competitive" in comparison to the rates paid by surrounding municipalities.

During the discussion of refuse rates, Councilman Ron McDaniel asked that a reminder be sent to all De Soto residents reminding them of the new, county-mandated curbside recycling program beginning in January. Randy Weldon of Honey Creek said his company will be sending out reminders. The program, which will provide curbside recycling of all materials except glass, was started on a voluntary basis earlier this year. Residents will still be able to recycle glass at the Ripple Glass container in the parking lot at city hall.

The council also approved a new appointment to the Northwest Consolidated Fire Board and renewed the appointments of three members of the Park Board. Jennifer Chick was named to the fire board to replace Kent Dvorak, who resigned his position due to a personal relocation. Ron Crow, Darrell Zimmerman and Larry Johnson were granted another term to the Park Board for a two-year term. They re-join recently-appointed members Belva Thrasher and Loya Beery.

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