Chef Container Awarded Single-Hauler Contract For City Of Douglas Residents
The City of Douglas is currently accepting applications to fill the council vacancy left by Jim Wiley, the former mayor, who recently resigned his post, with his term ending in November 2018.
The announcement came during Monday’s council meeting where officials said there has been at least one application that has already been submitted.
Per city charter, the council is charged with selecting someone to fill that vacancy among any of a number of applicants.
Wiley, who had been serving on council since 2010, including several terms as mayor, announced he was taking the time to pursue other endeavors and do more traveling to the south during winters.
In this past November 7 election, incumbents Douglas Council Members Lisa Greenwood, Greg Harvath and Kathryn Mooradian ran unopposed to get re-elected for another two-year council term.
Following the election, colleagues selected Linda Anderson and Harvath as mayor and mayor pro tem, respectively.
In other city business, Douglas officials are also seeking qualified citizens to serve on other boards and committees, namely on the Downtown Development Authority Board and the Saugatuck Township Fire District Board.
Applications are available on the website at www.ci.douglas.mi.us and applications letters can be written to the attention of Douglas Mayor Linda Anderson.
In more city news, Douglas City Council Monday night approved a five-year agreement with Chef Container for residential refuse and recycling services.
In 2012, the city passed a regulation to only allow one contractor as the designated provider for the service as a way, officials reasoned, to mitigate the wear and tear of the city’s streets caused by numerous heavy trucks, reduce noise and provide discounts to residents.
The single-hauler system requires all residents of the city who want refuse collection service to participate in the program. Businesses have a choice to participate or not in the program.
Overall, officials say they have been pleased with Chef’s service this last five years, with few complaints coming from residents despite not having a choice for a different provider.
Chef Container’s five-year contract was up for renewal this November and the city bid out the single-contractor service for weekly trash and recycling collection—including to Arrowaste of Zeeland and Republic Services of Jenison—but the only proposal submitted came from Chef.
In the future, city officials say they will continue to study other options, including a waste-to-energy alternative, which will be more costly to residents, but is touted by Chef as a way to guarantee “zero waste” because instead of municipal solid waste going to landfills, it is taken to specialized facilities to produce energy.