The city recycling bins are currently on Tom Street at First Street.

City plans to put recycling bins behind gate leading to sewage treatment plant

Honor system at current location isn’t working

The new idea is to place a city employee in a guard shack behind the gate at the sewage treatment plant in order to make sure only recyclables, as well as limbs, brush, grass and leaves are dumped there.

Webb City officials say they may have found a way to foil culprits who dump trash at the recycling center.

City Administrator Carl Francis told to the City Council Monday that the idea is to put the recycling center behind the gate at the entrance to the sewage treatment plant on North Madison Street.

A city employee would stationed in a guard booth to monitor what is brought onto the site.

The recycling center is currently on a city lot behind the old city hall building at First and Tom streets.

It’s been an ongoing problem because those who fill the bins with inappropriate items or just dump their trash in front of the bins make it difficult for those who feel compelled to recycle.

“The recycling bins are being abused every day,” said Francis.

There are also occasional problems at the limb yard, which is also behind the gate at the sewage treatment plant. The city had a big repair bill once when the machine that grinds trees for compost was damaged by a piece of metal.

It’s a project still in the planning stage, with options for the building and gate improvements being explored.

Hours of operation are another consideration.

Francis said he has involved GFL officials and they are supportive. He said, “We want to ensure it’s (collected items) going to be recycled.”


New sidewalk application

Francis announced he is preparing an application for another sidewalk financed with the help of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

It would be mostly on East Street north of the roundabout, past Sleep Inn and Flat Creek restaurant. (See drawing below.)

From a crosswalk at the signal light, it would go on the north side of Daugherty Street west past Cardinal Route 66 Park to a crosswalk at Devon Street.

At the roundabout, there would be a crosswalk across East Street and then go on the west side to the entrance to Atwoods.

Jerry Fisher (3rd Ward) questioned if there’s a need for a sidewalk on East Street.

“I see people walking down East Street every morning,” answered Debbie Darby (4th Ward).

Also regarding East Street, Francis told the council that the development projects in the Centennial Retail and Industrial Park that haven’t gotten off the ground yet “are still moving.”

On other matters:

• City sales tax receipts continue to exceed expectations. The 1-cent sales tax is collecting 8.7% more than at the same time last year. The use tax is 32.29% above last year.

• The council accepted a bill on first reading that reaffirms the city’s gross receipts tax on electrical bills at 4.72%. Liberty Utilities was granted a rate increase greater than 7%, which under state law requires cities to pass ordinances maintaining their existing rates.

• Approved an ordinance on second reading that rezones the Wingfield apartment complex on North Main Street as it should be – R-3 (multi-family). Apparently, an earlier attempt to rezone the property from agricultural to R-3 wasn’t completed.

• Francis disclosed that the request to rezone property across from Granny Shaffer’s restaurant on Range Line for an apartment complex has been withdrawn.