The City of Wisconsin Dells is moving ahead with plans to go to private contractors for garbage pickup, mowing and janitorial services.

The city's finance committee Monday during a closed session authorized Mayor Brian Landers to meet with the city unions to discuss moving to private contractors.

Landers told the Events that garbage pickup would be first and that no employees would have to be laid off. Two public works department employees will be retiring this year. Two people work on garbage pickup and those two could be moved into other positions within the public works department.

In other action at the finance committee, the members heard from Kari Leonard of Johnson and Block, the city's auditors and Dave Anderson of Public Financial Management on issuing bonds for the Highway 13 project.

Leonard told the committee that the city has an unqualified opinion that its finances are in order. She also said the public works department was $100,000 under budget while the public safety department was $6,700 over budget, but overall city budgets did very well.

The audit is on file at the Municipal Building for anyone to view.

Anderson presented information on the borrowing for the Highway 13 project, which is already under way. The city would borrow $2.135 million, but Chula Vista and the Dells Investment Group would be the ones repaying the bonds through payments to the city.

The committee approved the financing and in the council meeting that followed the committee meeting, the council approved them. Alderperson Dar Mor, who has an interest in a portion of Chula Vista, abstained.

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