Trash pickup rates held firm for two more years
MILLERSPORT – Trash removal rates will stay at current levels for at least two more years.
Five bids were opened during the March 9 village council meeting since the village’s twoyear contract with Big O Refuse expires March 31. Residential customers are currently paying $13.90 per month with a haulerprovided container and $12.45 per month without a container. Senior citizens get a $1 per month discount. Commercial customers are $3.85 per yard based on their container capacity each time it is picked up. Big O held its current rates firm for at least two more years. The new contract will include an option to extend the contract beyond two years if both parties agree.
The new bids (senior citizen rates are in parenthesis) are:
• Falcon Sanitation: $12 ($11) per month without container; $14 ($13) per month with container; $3.90 per yard for commercial; and a 50 percent discount for Walnut Township Schools.
• Big O Refuse: $12.45 ($11.45) per month without container; $13.90 ($12.90) per month with container; $3.85 per yard for commercial; and a 50 percent discount for Walnut Township Schools.
• Republic Services: $12.95 ($11.95) per month without container; $13.95 ($12.95) per month with container; $3.85 per yard for commercial; and a 10 percent discount for Walnut Township Schools plus one annual $500 scholarship for a student.
• Rumpke: $12.98 ($12.48) per month without container; $14.98 ($14.48) per month with container; $4.48 per yard for commercial; and a 10 percent discount for Walnut Township Schools.
• Waste Management: $12.64 ($11.64) per month without container; $15.14 ($14.14) per month with container; $4.01 per yard for commercial; and $3.68 per yard for Walnut Township Schools.
Tuesday night at a special meeting, council members unanimously approved a new two-year contract with Big O.
In other business March 9, village council members unanimously approved a new water and sewer rate schedule on the third reading. No one commented on the changes during the three monthly meetings it was heard.
Council members also decided to extend current dock rental fees for another season. Rates are $250 for in-village renters and $350 for out-of-village residents. Mayor’s assistant Vince Popo doesn’t expect any docks will be available for out-of-village residents. Renters will be asked to provide a copy of their boat’s registration to verify residency and so village official can check whether docks are being sublet to another boat owner.
Council member Donna Thogmartin brought up some complaints presented to her about a Feb. 28 fundraiser outside Commodore Bank. She was told that team members were loud, running back and forth in the street and left some litter. One accident was attributed to the players being in the street. Popo said the group had taken out a permit. Council members decided to tighten up their rules. Youth under 16 years of age must stay out of the street, organizers must agree to clean up the area after the event and participants will be asked to cut down on the noise. “We have to fine tune it a little bit,” Mayor Dean Severance explained. Council member Charles Mesko wants the police department to be notified when fundraisers are scheduled for the intersection so they can monitor them.
In his brief report, Fire Chief Bill Yates said, “I believe some positive things came out of the meeting (fire department consolidation meeting at the high school).” Severance distributed a letter praising Yates’ leadership and dedication. “The complaints are without merit,” he added.
A subcontractor on the Buckeye Lake waterline extension has filed a lien against the village, Board of Public Affairs member Chris Tennant reported. The subcontractor had not been paid by the primary contractor Law General Contractor. The village solicitor is discussing the situation with Law General.
Tennant said the project is 90 percent complete with mostly grading still to be done. Buckeye Lake has filled their lines and the village will start billing Buckeye Lake next month.
He also reported that steps have been taken to keep trespassers off the old water tower. The ladder has been cut off higher above ground level and a cage has been added around it.