The Platteville Common Council March 12 was given two options for changing city brush pickup.
The first option was to reduce the number of pickup days from 14 to 10 and to institute a $25 fee for pickup.
The second option was to reduce the number of pickup days from 14 to 10 and to have those who wanted their brush picked up to call the city.
The council ultimately chose the third option listed by City Manager Larry Bierke — to not change the number of dates and to not charge for brush pickup.
As a result, the city will pick up brush 14 times this year, beginning April 4, depending on the weather.
The council voted 5–1 against instituting a call-in system. District 3 Ald. Barb Daus was the only vote in favor.
“I don’t think that’s any more efficient than it is now,” said District 2 Ald. Eileen Nickels.
At-large Ald. Patrice Steiner favored the brush fee, saying, “The council’s been working on how to make city staff more efficient” during and since 2013 budget deliberations. “I was under the impression we came up with this because it would have the least impact on city residents” while saving money.
However, no alderman made a motion to institute the brush pickup fee.
“That’s why we’re paying taxes,” said at-large Ald. Dick Bonin.