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New garbage contract would keep rates the same

City also launches Facebook page

ROCK FALLS –áThe city is negotiating a new contract with Moring Disposal, which has submitted a bid that will keep residents' rate the same $15 a month it is now for the next 5 years.

The city opened bids for the garbage contract on March 1; Moring submitted the lowest.

It's basically the same program the city has now: Residents will leave their garbage curbside in bags or cans, and recycling will remain the same, City Administrator Robbin Blackert said.

"The approval of this bid would guarantee our residents that their garbage rates would not increase for the next 5 years," she said.

Also Tuesday night, the city approved the master development plan for the Riverside Bike & Walk District that calls for the creation of green space; a splash pad; a bike path; an outdoor amphitheater and space for future development.

The Rock Falls Community Development Corp. hired consultants to present marketing opportunities and challenges, the council heard the possibilities at a meeting in January.

Its approval means the plan will become the outline for future development, said Sandy Henrekin, executive director of RFCDC.

Also Tuesday, the city announced the launch of its Facebook page, which will provide another opportunity for the city to communicate with residents, said Alderman John Watts, chairman of the council's social media committee.

Find it by searching for City of Rock Falls, IL. As of Tuesday evening, the page already had 63 likes.

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