City to move location of downtown dumpster corral
By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — Finance committee members voted to move the location of the dumpsters in the downtown square to a new location on Monday night.
In the past, the garbage corral on the square served as a way for local businesses to dispose of trash. While the city provides the location, they do not provide any additional help, which cost and maintenance is primarily funded through a private group of downtown businesses.
However, while conventional, the corral created a stinky situation.
“Since that time it has been a stinky, disgusting mess in our square,” said Wiza. “[the] Farmer’s Market is going on there; kids playing in the fountain, people walking by — and it has had multiple problems, including putting the dumpsters back in.”
Municipal Parking Lot 22 is the proposed location by Main Street and Service Court. The cost of building a new structure/corral will be approximately $25,000, with the removal at another $25,000.
However, it is of note that funding for this project will not require additional costs, and will likely come from the city’s contingency fund, which is already been budgeted, and is used for unexpected costs.
“The goal for this particular project is to get the dumpster out of the public market and put it somewhere that’s a little less intrusive.” said Wiza.
Final approval for this will be voted upon at the next common council.