According to the state’s department of health, the number of cases reported for Thursday, Jan. 27, included 4,705 cases statewide that were “delayed in processing and otherwise would have been included over the course of this week.”
Incorporating the new cases for Thursday into the rolling 7-day average for Monroe County meant that 490 replaced the 335 cases from 8 days ago in the calculation. That bumped the rolling daily average for the county from 236 to 258. That leaves the rolling average still 30 cases a day lower than the peak of the rolling average a couple of weeks ago.
Last week the recycling service was cancelled, because not enough sanitation workers were available to work. Several workers had tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic virus.
For residents whose recycling efforts exceed the size of the cart in any one week, for the coming week, they can set out additional items in other containers. The news release cautions, “Recycling placed in plastic bags will not be collected.”
Last week, the news release announcing the cancellation of recycling pickup did not come until Sunday afternoon.
The word did not get out to every resident. A uReport from Thursday noted: “Although my trash was taken my recycling was left Tuesday morning. There was no indication or notice sticker as to why.”
Sanitation worker uses a mechanical arm to empty a Bloomington solid waste cart. Screengrab from city of Bloomington video.
Screengrab of CATS broadcast of March 3, 2020 board of public works meeting showing Adam Wason, director of public works.
Starting in the April billing cycle, Bloomington residents will pay more every month for trash and recycling service. That’s the result of a unanimous vote on the three-member board of public works at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
In round numbers, customers will pay between $3.50 and $23 more a year, depending on the size of the trash cart they use.
The fee increase is due to costs that are charged to the city by Republic Services for processing recycled materials. Those costs have replaced payments the city previously received (“rebates”) for its recycling commodities, according to Bloomington’s director of public works, Adam Wason.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Wason spitballed a possible new way of paving local streets.