CEDAR FALLS — The City Council this week voted to contract with an outside firm for its composting operations on North Main Street.
The council approved a contract from T&W Grinding of Delhi. The firm works with other communities, including Dubuque and Manchester. The firm would be paid a base of $65,000 annually.
The proposal calls for a two-year contract effective Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2019, renewable for up to three additional one-year periods.
The contractor would grind yard waste, turn windrows and screen and stockpile finished compost. The city would monitor the facility to make sure it is used by Cedar Falls residents only.
City staff has indicated the contractor’s grinding equipment is double the capacity of the city’s, which staff indicated may need replacing soon.
Staff projects using a contractor would cost about $77,000 a year, compared with near $78,000 for the city-managed operation this past fiscal year, plus an estimated $30,000 in staff labor costs redirected back to street maintenance.
Heath has said no city employees would lose their jobs. Staff also estimated about $500,000 in savings from not having to replace equipment and some savings in landfill fees.