2007-05-26 / News

Union Township talking trash

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON- They've kicked the idea around for a few years, but the Union Township Trustees believe it may be time to implement a township-wide trash collection district. Monday night, Rick Campbell with Big O Refuse collection visited the trustees' regularly scheduled meeting and talked to the trustees about having his company serve all Union Township residents. Nothing was signed or agreed upon Monday night; discussion continues. Campbell mentioned that Big O Refuse may soon merge with Buckeye Valley Waste.

Trustee John Slater said after the meeting that currently Union Township residents contract for their own trash collection and the trustees believe it doesn't make any sense for multiple trash collection companies to wander about the township. He said the trustees believe that the majority of township residents favor a trash district. Commercial trash collection would not be affected.

If a district were to be created, all residents would need to use whichever company the trustees choose, but Slater doubts many residents would object because the township may be able to negotiate a rate that's equal to or even lower than the lowest rate currently serving the township. If the district is created, residents would be allowed to finish out their existing contracts before signing on with the township service. Slater said he's not sure yet what the monthly rate would be.

Slater estimated that it would take Big O Refuse two days to service the entire township and, at the very least, having one trash service would consolidate the number of days trash recepticles will line the roads.

Campbell said Monday night that if Big O Refuse is hired, the company will only refuse to haul away tires and refrigerators per EPA requirements. If residents would toss out large items or have many smaller items for Big O to haul away at once, they would need to call the Big O officea day or two ahead of time.

In other township news:

+ The trustees plan to pave several sections of Union Township roads including Palmer Road, Duwmar Road, Refugee Road west of Ohio 37, and sections of Canyon Road. Slater estimated the work to cost between $80,000 and $120,000.

+ Monday night, Trustee Jack Justice said that Swamp Road continues to deteriorate. "It's absolutely terrible," he said. The trustees have applied for Issue 1 funding to repair the road and build up sections of its base to decrease flooding, but Justice said that securing the grant funding "is an absolute longshot." Still, "we've got to do something about it," he said.

Slater agreed, but thought it may be wise financially to wait until next year.

Trustee Jessie Ours suggested building up some of the road's low spots. No decision regarding Swamp Road was made Monday night.

+ The trustees appropriated $7,500 for necessary repairs to a culvert on Granview Road, north of Bending Oak. Slater said that currently the culvert is a "safety concern."

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