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Talkin' trash… and water and roads

News and notes from around town:

• The Edwardsville City Council will meet tonight, and on the agenda is approval of a new solid waste contract with Deffenbaugh Industries. City staff is recommending approval of an increase of 4.41 percent from $11.90 to $12.95 per month for customers. This might sound bad, but it seems like Edwardsville residents currently are getting a slightly better deal than in Bonner Springs, which takes part in the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.,’s contract with Deffenbaugh. We reported last year that trash pickup costs were to increase by $1.56 a month this year for Bonner Springs residents, increasing the monthly price from $11.82 to $13.38. However, the county's contract includes free recycling, and Edwardsville's contract does not. Michael Webb, city manager, said next year would be the last year in the city's contract with Deffenbaugh, so the council will have to discuss if it wants to bid the trash collection contract out to various haulers or join the county-wide contract. He noted that the city's contract does not include the Edwardsville Village mobile home park.

• Bonner Springs residents are probably aware of the water main flushes the city is doing on Mondays and Tuesdays. This annual process clears the pipes of sediments and mineral buildup that occur naturally within the pipelines. But did you know how much water it takes to do this? The city also flow test all of its hydrants and normally discharge about 10,000-15,000 gallons from the hydrants that are used for flushing. Throughout the six-week flushing program, the city uses approximately 1.5 million gallons of water.

• Is that pesky portion of western Kansas Avenue finally … done? The city had the portion of the road west of 138th Street paved and repaved, but — to make a long story short — springs kept popping up and destroying the roadway. The road temporarily reverted to basically a gravel road, and the city came up with a new plan to do a better road repair, and asphalt paving was to be complete Wednesday and the road reopened Friday. We haven’t driven by yet — we welcome comments on its new appearance.

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