ROCK FALLS – It might not be a permanent solution, but the city will have a recycling center.
An agreement was finalized Tuesday by the City Council to set up the center on city-owned property at 2400 First Ave., in the new Glen’s Garden subdivision.
For several years, residents had been clamoring for a place to unload electronics, scrap metal and appliances.
In response, the Sauk Valley Landlord Association organized Rock Falls Cleanup Days, one-day events held the past 2 years.
“People loved the cleanup events, but the landlords just didn’t have the manpower to keep doing them,” City Administrator Robbin Blackert said.
The Landlord Association, however, is still collaborating with Firehouse of God Ministries to make the recycling center happen.
A building on the southwest corner of the lot will be leased to Firehouse of God for the nominal cost of $10 a year. The center will be staffed by Pastor Brian Tribley’s volunteer base.
The building is on the Hallman interstate property the city bought for development purposes, so the recycling center’s future is uncertain.
“This is a temporary solution because this property will be developed eventually, but it’s a good one for now,” Blackert said.
The schedule isn’t etched in stone, but the initial proposal called for the center to operate from 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month.
Among the items the center will accept are televisions, VCRs and DVD players, scrap metal, car batteries, and household appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and microwaves.
The center won’t take petroleum or petroleum-based products, any type of paint, tires or furniture.
As was the case with the landlords’ events, proof of Rock Falls residency will be required when dropping off items. The rules will be even stricter for the recycling center.
“They’ll not only need to bring a city utility bill, they’ll have to produce identification with a photo,” Blackert said.
Firehouse of God will offer at-home pickup services to those who are unable to drop off items, but appointments must be scheduled in advance.
In addition to providing the building, the city will redirect the contribution it had made from its garbage fund for the services from the Landlord Association to Firehouse of God. The city had given the landlords $2,000 for this year’s event, doubling its contribution for the first year. The agreement also calls for the city to provide electricity to the building at no cost.
The city was happy to donate to the cause because of an increasing amount of time city workers had been spending picking up TVs and other large items dumped around town.
Alderman Rod Kleckler, president of the Landlord Association, said the first event cost more than $5,000 to put on, largely because of transportation costs, and the landlords came up with about $2,000.
An opening date for the recycling center will be announced later.
The Rock Falls City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St.
The agendas will be posted at rockfalls61071.net and at City Hall. Call 815-622-1100 for more information.
The council meeting also airs live on Channel 5.