MINUTES OF SPECIAL BUDGET MEETING
<br />OF THE EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL
<br />SEPTEMBER 9, 1988
<br />4:30 P.M.
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<br />Answering rollcall were Members Kelly, Richards, Smith, Turner and Mayor Courtney
<br />Pursuant to due notice given, the Council met in the Manager's Conference Room of
<br />City Hall to begin review and consideration of the proposed 1989 Budget for the
<br />City of Edina.
<br />HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION AND RECYCLING PROPOSALS PRESENTED.
<br />advised that presentations would be made by the Edina Human Relations Commission
<br />who has reviewed all the requests for funding from agencies delivering human
<br />services to citizens of Edina and that the Edina Recycling Commission would
<br />explain their recycling program proposal for 1989.
<br />Commission Budaet Proposal - John Senior, Jr., chairman, commented that the
<br />Commission, at the request of the Council, has been reviewing these requests for
<br />the last three years and has then brought their recommendation to the Council.
<br />The criteria used in the review process were: 1) need of Edina's citizens, 2)
<br />population of citizens served, 3) effectiveness of services provided, and 4) cost
<br />of services provided. The Commission has worked within a budget of what has been
<br />spent last year, plus a 4% increase.
<br />presented as follows : Storefront/Youth Action $37,500, Senior Community Services
<br />$4,000, Women's Resource Center $2,500, Cornerstone Advocacy Service $2,000, VEAP
<br />$1,500 and West Suburban Mediation Center $500 for a total of $50,000.
<br />noted that VEAP has taken over the West Metro Transportation for senior citizens.
<br />Also, that the $4,000 for Senior Community Services is the largest funding
<br />increase and it was the consensus of the Commission that if there was more money
<br />available that the City should consider additional funding as the amount of
<br />contacts they make is incredible and have more than tripled over last year.
<br />main goal of Senior Outreach is to try to keep seniors out of nursing homes by
<br />working with them within the confines of their homes through programs that are
<br />available to assist them. Mr. Senior said that the Commission has also looked at
<br />South Hennepin Human Service Council's (SHHSC) request for funding which is
<br />approximately $4,000 more than last year's request.
<br />based on a per capita amount of $.30 from each of the four cities, e.g. Edina,
<br />Bloomington, Richfield and Eden Prairie. Following discussion of the various
<br />funding requests, the Council Members asked for additional information regarding
<br />the number of senior citizens in Edina and the percentage of Edina's seniors that
<br />are considered "low income". Edina Recycling - Commission Budaet - Proposal -
<br />Levering Wood, chairman, stated that the Commission's recommendation is for
<br />Alternative #1 in the Recycling Budget Proposal which would be for weekly, same
<br />day (as garbage) pickup, curbside with containers provided, April start for a net
<br />cost to the City of $74,588 which equates to approximately $.60/month per
<br />due to cost and time savings. It is expected that Edina will achieve the
<br />abatement goals that were set by Hennepin County if this alternative is
<br />implemented. Following considerable debate, the Commission felt that the
<br />container provision is critical to the development of a quality recyclying
<br />program. The Commission also recommended that the City include a fee for
<br />recycling on the quarterly water billings.
<br />Edina has had a very comprehensive pickup service/drop off recycling center,
<br />recently added a city-wide curbside pickup compost service and soon would have a
<br />city-wide pickup recycling program. This should make Edina's system a very
<br />comprehensive system, one to be proud of, and thereby Edina will be doing its best
<br />to meet its goal for landfill abatement. The Commission also felt that once this
<br />total recycling program has been established that the City should start thinking
<br />about volume based fees for service. Janet Chandler, Recycling Coordinator,
<br />explained the advantages/disadvantages of a City operated recycling program versus
<br />a contracted hauler option. The contracted hauler option would: 1) encourage a
<br />greater participation rate and volume, 2) haulers can set up a very efficient
<br />system and could probably serve the entire City on one day of the week, 3) haulers
<br />can better deal with breakdown of equipment and have storage space at processing
<br />centers, 4) haulers are better able to cope with any problems in local markets,
<br />and 5) haulers are designing recycling systems to serve apartment buildings, which
<br />service could be contracted by apartment complexes with no cost to the City. Mrs.
<br />Chandler said that for study purposes, proposals were received from four recycling
<br />contractors. In general, their fees would be set on a per household basis with an
<br />added factor for tonnage above a certain amount. Options such as curbside pickup,
<br />garage pickup and frequency of pickup were included in a scale of charges. The
<br />recycling contract cost as shown in the budget proposal is a "middle-of-the-road"
<br />figure based on the proposals received. She also reviewed the role of Hennepin
<br />County as to funding and recycling goals. The proposed recycling program for 1989
<br />was summarized as follows: Features - Weekly pickup service, curbside, starting
<br />April 1, one container for each household, serving all single family dwellings,
<br />Recycling Center remains open as needed, contractor receives proceeds from sale of
<br />materials (Garage pickup option shown as an add-on). Anticipated Results - 120
<br />tons/month January, February, March; 250 tons/month April through December, 2,610
<br />tons total, 13% waste reduction. Funding - 70% funding by Hennepin County (except
<br />containers); containers @ $7; Hennepin Co. $4, Edina $3. Alternative #1 - cost
<br />Manager Rosland
<br />Edina Human Relations
<br />The budget proposal for human services was
<br />It was
<br />The funding request is now
<br />The Commission favored curbside pickup over garage pickup primarily
<br />Mr. Wood pointed out that for years