HEBRON – Everything’s on track for Union Township’s trash district to begin July 1, said Paula Greene, Union Township police chief and zoning inspector, Tuesday.
“We should be on schedule,” she said. “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be.” Greene said the Licking County prosecutor’s office certified that bids from four potential trash hauling companies – J & J Refuse of Dover, Ohio, Republic Waste Services, Waste Management, and Big-O Refuse-were legitimate and met the township’s requirements.
“Everybody cleared the prosecutor’s office,” she said. All four companies are vying to be Union Township’s sole trash service provider for the township’s unincorporated areas.
Greene said trustees plan to award the three-year single hauler contract during their June 7 meeting. Once that decision is made, the township will notify all residents by mail. The contract also requires the contractor to notify residents as well.
Each company submitted primary bids and alternative bids that are initially lower, but most include fuel surcharges that are triggered by significant increases in fuel prices. Customers 65 years of age and older would be billed as seniors.
• Big-O Refuse’s primary bid is $12.45 per month per household, $11.20 for seniors, $5.75 for recycling, $5.15 recycling for seniors, and $2.25 to rent container. The alternate bid with a fuel surcharge is $11.95 per month per household, $10.75 for seniors, $5.75 for recycling, $5.15 recycling for seniors, and $2.25 to rent a container.
• Waste Management’s primary bid is $13.48 per month per household, $12.13 for seniors, $5 for recycling, and $3 to rent a container. The alternate bid is $12.88 per month per household, $11.59 for seniors, $4.58 for recycling, and $3 to rent a container.
• Republic Waste Service’s primary bid is $20.50 per month per household, $18.45 for seniors, recycling included, and $2 to rent a container. The alternate bid, which does not include a fuel surcharge but does include twoday collection service, is $19.25 per month per household, $17.32 for seniors, including recycling, and $2 to rent a container.
• J & J Refuse’s primary bid is $13.04 per month per household, $11.73 for seniors, $4.30 for recycling, $3.87 recycling for seniors, and $2 to rent a container. The alternate bid is $11.98 per month per household, $10.78 for seniors, $3.95 for recycling, $3.55 recycling for seniors, and $2 to rent a container. The alternate bid includes a fuel surcharge and two-day pick-up service.
Waste Management currently serves most residents at a cost of nearly $27 a month and it doesn’t include recycling. Trustee Rick Black said he didn’t think trustees will schedule any special public meetings to discuss the trash district beyond the regular township meetings.
In other township news:
• Black said he was disappointed in the Hebron Village Council’s May 26 unanimous rejection of the township’s latest proposal for a fire contract with the Hebron Fire Department. “I’m a little disappointed in the 60 percent,” he said. Currently, the township pays 60 percent of the fire department’s operating expenses. The trustees proposed to pay 55 percent of the department’s operations. Black said paying 60 percent forces the township to dip into its general fund to pay the Granville Township Fire Department the $80,000 per year it charges to cover the portion of the township north of the CSX railroad.
There’s also disagreement over EMS billing revenue. Trustees want 60 percent of all EMS billing revenue based on the premise that they pay 60 percent of the department’s operational expenses.
But their latest proposal has the township taking over EMS billing in the unincorporated areas which would give trustees 100 percent of that revenue – the same 100 percent they mutually agreed to for 2009 and Hebron offered for this year. Hebron wanted both parties to set aside all EMS billing revenue for capital improvements, but has dropped that issue.
Now the only difference between Hebron’s offer of 100 percent and the township’s do-it-ourselves 100 percent is Hebron’s administrative fee less any extra costs the township incurs doing its own billing. Hebron proposed to cut its fee from 6.5 percent to 3 percent in their counteroffer.
Black said as of Tuesday, trustees hadn’t discussed the proposed contract’s dismissal or Hebron’s counter offers. “I’m not sure where we stand on it yet,” he said.
Currently, Black’s not satisfied with the Hebron council’s counter proposal, but, “I’m just one of three (trustees),” he said. He’d like to talk to a Med 3000 representative to discuss the township collecting its own EMS billing revenue.