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Buckeye Lake selects new waste hauler

BUCKEYE LAKE – Monday night Village Council members awarded a three year contract to haul and dispose residential waste to Local Waste Services, Ltd. of Columbus. The contract begins July 1.

“They have an excellent rating with the Better Business Bureau,” said council member Arletta Ruton. “I was very impressed.” She said the company just began a contract with Granville Township, and has received a positive report from the township.

Seven bids were opened Monday. Each company submitted two monthly rates – a basic residential rate and a senior citizen rate. Six companies included a 95-96 gallon toter in the monthly rate. Republic offered a 60 gallon container. Bids were:

• Adkins Disposal: $11.00/$10.00;

• Kimble: $13.85/$13.10;

• Local Waste: $11.99/$10.99;

• Republic: $12.99/$11.95;

• Rumpke: $21.00; $18.90;

• Shackelford: $12.75/$11.75; and

• Waste Manage- ment:$12.25/$11.25.

Local Waste was not the low bidder. Adkins Waste would have saved residents $0.99 per month. Adkins failed to submit the required financial statement covering at least the last one year in business. The company is a few months old.

Council member Robert Masone said he was familiar with Kimble Companies waste disposal, which he preferred.

Council President Jeryne Peterson said she knows people are happy with Kimble, but its bid was significantly higher than Local Waste Services.

Council member Peggy Wells asked if Ruton had spoken to anyone other than Granville Township about Local Waste Services.

Ruton said the company went “above and beyond” in supplying references and other contracts. “Our job is to get the best bang for the buck for the residents,” she said. “They provided us a long list of references.”

Council clerk Valerie Hans said Local Waste Services has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and all positive reports from references.

Council members unanimously selected Local Waste Services.

“We appreciate the opportunity to provide services for the village,” said Eric DeHays, Local Waste Services business development. I’m very confident this will go very well.” He said he would be available for questions any time. “Trash never sleeps,” DeHays said.

In February, Waste Management, Inc. notified the village it purchased the village’s current contractor – Big “O” Refuse LLC. Waste Management will fulfill Big “O’s” contract terms into 2017. The village had the option of simply continuing the Big “O” contract through Waste Management until the current contract expires or seeking bids for another contractor.

In other village news:

• Council members decided to move ahead with the annual Lakefest this summer, currently scheduled for June 13 at the North Shore Boat Ramp, even though the lake level will be down. “Some people are still interested in doing something,” said council member Barry Herron. He said some vendors who were interested in Lakefest this year decided against it when the ODNR reported the lake would remain at low pool for the next five or six years as the state spends up to $150 million to replace the lake’s 4.1 mile dam.

Mayor Clay Carroll said Phantom Fireworks was still interested in providing a fireworks display for the event. “Phantom Fireworks has an awesome show planned,” he said. Carroll suggested having a “smaller version” of the event that would begin later in the day.

“I just don’t want it to fall on its face,” Herron said.

Wells suggested partnering with the Buckeye Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and local restaurants and businesses to a have a progressive event similar to January’s Winterfest.

“That’s a great idea to showcase the lake area,” Ruton said. She said Winterfest made quite a bit of money from t-shirt and mug sales, and the restaurants were packed.

Peterson said a private owner is creating a shuttle service around the lake, which could help Lakefest’s cause.

• Masone said no ODNR representatives contacted Carroll about the dam replacement. “I would like to ask them to come to a meeting and ask them what’s going on,” he said. “I think we’re entitled to a call.”

“It was just cowardice, how they handled it,” Herron said, adding that ODNR should have informed people this was coming a while ago. “At least people would’ve been able to plan,” he said.

Council member Kitty Zwissler said she’s afraid the lake will lose its marinas. “All they have is mud,” she said. Zwissler said there’s a “ripple effect,” too, of all the people who lose jobs when lake area businesses shut down.

“This was preplanned,” Herron said. “Nobody has any say-so in it.”

• Zwissler said the village received a total of $70,000 in Licking County Health Department grants – two grants for $11,000 and $59,000 each-to be used for safety and facility upgrades to Ryan- Braden Park, and other improvements such as community gardens.

• Council members approved a $1,500 grant to the Buckeye Lake Historical Society. Carroll said another $1,500 may be available to the society later in the year if second half taxes allow.

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