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Downers Grove

Downers Grove considers enclosure for Dumpsters near downtown parking deck

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Village Council is considering a possible solution to a garbage-overflow problem at a downtown corner.

The village is considering a proposal to build a Dumpster enclosure at the northwest corner of the downtown commuter parking deck, fixing what village officials said has been an ongoing eyesore for several years.

Several businesses dump their garbage at the corner, and on the worst days garbage is piled on and around the Dumpsters and grease containers, according to Deputy Village Manager Michael Baker.

The $60,173.86 project would build a concrete and brick rectangular structure to house the Dumpsters, grease bins and new recycling containers. It would have a locked, steel gate.

The council will likely vote whether to accept the proposal at its meeting May 7.

Once built, the structure would be maintained by Downtown Downers Grove, Inc.

Village officials said the project has been in progress for years.

"Lots of lots of discussions, going back a long time, went into this conversation," Commissioner Geoff Neustadt said during the proposal's first reading on April 16. "And to see it here at the finish line is a great success."

He added that there are two or three other downtown locations that could benefit from such an enclosure.

"This will be the blueprint ... of what we do in the other areas of downtown," he said.

Commissioner Marilyn Schnell asked Baker what the village would do to discourage people from illegally dumping in the enclosure to avoid having to buy garbage stickers.

Baker said the gate would be locked, and that the city could consider adding security cameras.

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