As a part of their DPW Facility Needs and Site Selection Study, the Barrientos team conducted a needs assessment to determine the optimal square footage of a future public works facility. Of the many services the Shorewood DPW provides, collections tasks (refuse, yard waste and bulk leaf collections) actually require the largest footprint due to the 20,000 square feet of space required for the transfer station. If DPW employees are to continue to provide the current level of collections services, a transfer station is required. If a future facility does not include a site for a transfer station, service levels will decrease (reduced collection frequency, elimination of some services and/or reduced level of service) OR these service will be privatized. Based on current information, under either of these scenarios, it is likely that vacuum leaf collection would be eliminated, and leaves would be bagged for collection. When these services were reviewed in 2016, it was determined that Shorewood employees could perform collections tasks at a lower cost than a private vendor and at a higher level of service.
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