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City reaches contract for compost site

The new manager of Richmond’s compost site operation promises better service from the city.
The Council voted unanimously last night to enter into a contract with Rick Eiler to manage the city’s compost site and its services.
The deal calls for the city to pay Eiler a fixed fee of $5,000 to operate the compost site and the city’s curbside yard waste pick-up program. The agreement becomes effective this Saturday. The agreement will run through the second Saturday of December 2009. The compost site hours will not change and will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
“I think I can take care of the compost site,” Eiler told the council last night. “It’s not being taken care of correctly the way it is.
“You missed last spring and a lot of people were upset and were going to alleviate that,” he added.
Eiler said details still need to be worked out, but said plans are to have a weeklong pick-up next month followed by an additional pick-up next fall.
The city began seeking the services of someone to manage the compost site a few months ago because city crews were not able to keep up.
City Administrator Rick Childers has said in the past that sometimes it can be difficult finding available employees to manage the site because the city is short staffed.
City compost site services will remain free for Richmond residents.

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