Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Rates set by footage

by Brad Lindberg Staff Writer

June 27, 2013

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — Businesses using a trash compactor being installed this summer in Village Parking Lot 2 will be charged 2 cents per square foot of their commercial space, not by how much they use the equipment.

City of Grosse Pointe officials said the formula may change after usage is monitored for six months.

They came up with the square-foot formula by totaling the commercial space of businesses anticipated to use the compactor.

“Assuming a biweekly pickup and a five-year rental, and approximately 42,000 square feet of participating businesses served by Lot 2, the fee would be 2 cents per square foot of building housed by a business,” said Gary Huvaere, director of public service.

Lot 2 is north of Kercheval between Notre Dame and St. Clair.

The compactor is being placed behind a brick enclosure in the northwest rear corner of the lot. Access to the compactor is off of Notre Dame.

“The compactor will have deodorizing equipment,” Huvaere said.

Businesses using the compactor will be billed through the water billing system, the same as now for commercial pickup, Huvaere added.