Over the past several months, my fellow Board members and I have reviewed our Garbage and Recycling (Solid Waste) Program in the Village and have made some significant changes to our procedures. Additionally, our contract with Modern, Inc. for trash and recycling is expiring as of October 31st. As required, we advertised for bids to provide this service and the contract was awarded to Waste Management (WM). Each property in Sloan recently has or will receive a mailer from WM, which provides new guidelines for Solid Waste removal. The rising cost of trash disposal and the low demand for recyclables world-wide has led to significant cost increases in the Solid Waste Program for all municipalities. After thoroughly researching Program options, we made the critical decisions to limit the pick-up of bulk items and assess an annual fee to multi-dwelling properties (those in excess of 2 units). Charging a fee to those residences that produce more trash than a one or two family is reasonable and equitable. Most changes are detailed in the enclosed article entitled “What’s New in Solid Waste”.LED streetlights are coming to Sloan! During the next month, every light will be exchanged for energy-saving Light Emitting Diode fixtures. This will provide sharper, more direct lighting with less carbon emissions and a cost savings for our residents. On behalf of my fellow Board members and Village staff, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!