Estevan City Council ratified a new five-year contract with Regens Disposal for residential waste collection and curbside recycling services during council's meeting on September 30.
Residents will be billed $5.35 per month for residential waste collection, and $5 per month for the new curbside recycling service. In the previous contract, residents were charged $7.35 per month for residential waste collection.
The $2 per month saving is due to the switch to front yard pick-up.
Councillor Chris Istace said a five-year tender was needed this time because of front yard pick-up and curbside recycling, but he would like to see shorter contracts in the future.
"When we do go to do another agreement, I want to make sure that we look pro-actively at options on sizes of garbage cans," said Istace.
He predicted that the recycling service would result in a reduction in the amount of waste collected from homes.
Composting and bag limits should also be investigated, he said.
Curbside recycling started on September 9 in the Pleasantdale subdivision. It will begin in other subdivisions on Monday, October 7. Residences will have curbside pick-up on alternating weeks.
In his report, City manager Jim Puffalt noted that more than 5,400 kilograms of materials were recycled from the Pleasantdale area alone on September 23.
Other highlights from the meeting were:
*Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers sent a letter to council, thanking them for their commitment to the Crime Stoppers program. Since its inception, Crime Stoppers has resulted in 3,113 arrests; 3,555 cases being cleared; more than $8.5 million in property being recovered and more than $8 million worth of drugs being seized.
*The annual City-wide pick-up in the back alleys will be October 21st and 28th. The free weekend at the landfill will be October 26 and 27.
*The City's debt ceiling has been increased from $7 million to $9 million. The City is waiting for the provincial government to send the money for its commitment to the Highway 47 rebuild; until the money arrives, the City has to cover the expenses for the rebuild. There are other capital needs, too.
*Rescue Consulting Canada was awarded a $1,662.10 tender for new turnout gear for the Estevan Fire and Rescue Services.
*Council tabled a bylaw that would allow for the construction of a new hotel at 303 Kensington Avenue. Concerns remain about the hotel's location in an industrial area, and there will be just the one access from Kensington into the hotel's lot.
*Three readings were given to a bylaw that will give people more freedom to memorialize a deceased family member. Previously, only flat granite or bronze markers were allowed.