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Posted: 10/23/13

DDA begins planning
for new dumpster corral

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Preliminary steps have been taken to see whether trash receptacles can be less of an eyesore in downtown Romeo.
       The Romeo Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is seeking plans and input on how to house dumpsters in the northeast quadrant of downtown.
       The DDA is discussing a new dumpster corral as a spring project during its Oct. 9 meeting. If approved, the plan would spend from the DDA's available $11,000 for Romeo Blueprints projects.
       Dumpsters currently reside on the property of Bill Parker, located near the Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce building, with his permission. A dumpster sits near the BP gas station as well as a few others behind Yum-Yum Thai.
       DDA Secretary and Village President Mike Lee said the plans are only in the beginning stages, but are looking to place the dumpsters in the alleyway adjacent to Buscemi's leading to Newberry Street.
       "We don't want to interfere with anyone's personal property in case they want to sell later on," Lee said.
       Conversely, he said the DDA doesn't want to hinder the alleyway with the dumpster corral, so it needs to look at the property available for use, such as the concrete island in the middle of the parking lot.
       "The biggest thing is trying to find a location that would be suitable and not pull away from those parking areas as much," he said.
       Lee said the next step is to gain drawings and more thorough observations to give a better idea of what the DDA can do in the area.
       DDA Chairperson Randy Seidel said the DDA could build a structure similar to the one seen in the southeast quadrant, but wouldn't be paying for the actual dumpster usage for the businesses.
       "We're just going to make sure that they all reside inside this structure," he said.
       The DDA has $51,500 in its Romeo Blueprint projects budget, but $35,500 of it is held to take care of expenses while waiting for tax revenue to be collected. The last dumpster corral had a price tag of roughly $38,000.
       Any plans the DDA creates would have to go through the Village of Romeo Planning Commission for approval.


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