ELM GROVE - The
biggest news out of Elm Grove in 2015 is either stinky or saintly.
On April 1, Elm
Grove switched garbage and recycling contractors from Advanced
Disposal to Johns Disposal. The change came about as a result of
Waukesha County switching from dual-stream to single-sort recycling.
that touches every single resident’s life,” Elm Grove Village
Manager David DeAngelis said. “They all have trash, and they all
have to get rid of it.”
The start of any
new municipal program brings its share of hiccups. The times for
pickup of garbage and recyclables changed, as did the route followed
by the trucks.
“So far, they’ve
done a wonderful job and they’ve been great to work with,” DeAngelis
said of Johns. “There’s been a lot of conversation and occasionally
consternation over the switch. All in all, our recycling numbers are
way up, and things are going really well.”
Elm Grove is one
of 25 communities in Waukesha County that participate in the
Waukesha County recycling program. Going from dual-stream to
single-sort means combining all recyclables in one bin, as opposed
to one bin for paper and another for plastics.
works in tandem with the city of Milwaukee on recycling. All
material collected in Elm Grove and Waukesha County is processed at
a facility in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. The Materials Recovery
Facility is capable of sorting, baling and shipping up to 60,000
pounds of material per year, according to published reports.
processes more recyclables at a central location, which lowers
processing costs and should increase proceeds from the sale of the
recyclables. DeAngelis said the switch is generating more revenue
for Elm Grove.
still offers walk-up service and collects trash and recycling
receptacles near the house. In the past residents used a wheeled
cart, and not the new blue receptacle that resembles a garbage can.
creek work other highlights
A saint visited
Elm Grove the weekend of Oct. 16 when the remains of St. Maria
Goretti were displayed at St. Mary’s Visitation Church, 1260 Church
Italian girl, was one of the Catholic Church’s youngest saints. She
died in 1902 of wounds suffered in an attempted rape. She forgave
her attacker as she died, and he repented and turned his life to the
Elm Grove also pursued natural improvement projects in 2015, in
addition to changing who grabs garbage.
the village received a grant to “daylight,” in his words, part of
Underwood Creek. Underwood Creek flows through downtown Elm Grove
and is constricted and topped by concrete.
published reports, Elm Grove received a $75,000 grant from the Fund
for Lake Michigan, and must raise $75,000 of its own.
that generated buzz in 2015 is the inaugural Great Elm Grove
Campout. The campout took place in Village Park the evening of Aug.
was a huge success,” DeAngelis said. “We won a recreation award for
it. A lot of people talked about how they can’t wait for next year.”
Next year is
just a few weeks in the near future, and will bring its share of
“We’ve got a
couple of projects coming that are going to be fairly
time-consuming,” DeAngelis said.
replacement of the Watertown Plank Road Bridge in downtown Elm Grove
will take place in the summer of 2016.
have to close a road in order to replace a bridge, and it is right
in the middle of our business district,” DeAngelis said. “It’s going
to be a challenge to be as quick and painless as possible with the
the village could not secure Wisconsin Department of Transportation
funding to address the bridge, and will execute repairs on its own.
with replacement of the bridge the Canadian Pacific Railroad
crossing close by will also be repaired, DeAngelis said. Canadian
Pacific will handle the repairs.
said there will likely be news of development or redevelopment in
Elm Grove’s downtown coming at some point in 2016.