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Negotiations over trash facility contract hit hiccup

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    Rhonda Wurgler, executive director of The Children's Center of Medina County, said at the Medina County commissioners meeting Tuesday that 627 pinwheels will be planted Sunday at the Pinwheel Walk to prevent child abuse. It starts at 1 p.m. on Medina Public Square and participants will walk to St. Francis Xavier Church.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — The proposal to have two trash companies work in tandem at the former Central Processing Facility fell through, so the Medina County sanitary engineer is looking at Plan B.

This plan includes Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin negotiating with her top-ranked choice, Rumpke of Ohio Inc., of Broadview Heights, for the processing and recovery of recyclables at the Westfield Township facility, along with the transfer, transport and disposal of municipal solid waste.

If a contract can’t be reached with Rumpke, Lyon-Galvin will move on to the second-highest scorer, Entsorga of Tortona, Italy, on a ranking Lyon-Galvin developed.

The sanitary engineer’s original plan was to have Rumpke and Entsorga work jointly at the CPF, since both had strengths in areas needed in the overall operation.

But the negotiations were “unsuccessful,” she said at Tuesday’s county commissioners meeting.

What sank the plan for the two companies working in unison was money, she said, although no figures were provided.

“Part of my responsibility is to make sure it’s a cost-effective solution,” Lyon-Galvin said. “To have those services combined, I could not deliver it cost-effectively.”

She said she will report to commissioners May 1 on how negotiations are going with Rumpke.

Besides Rumpke and Entsorga, two other companies are in the running to run the CPF: Kimble Cos. of Dover and Envision Waste Services of Cleveland.

Envision previously operated the CPF before its contract expired in 2014.

“All four parties are still in the running,” she said. “No one has been disqualified or rejected. The way the process was established, we’re going to negotiate (first) with the highest-point earner (Rumpke),” Lyon-Galvin said.

When a company could take over operations at the CPF isn’t set. A timetable released in February estimated a January 2020 opening.

“Now that we’re negotiating solely with Rumpke, that’s one of the questions we’ll be asking them,” Lyon-Galvin said about the timetable.

Rumpke has partnered with Medina-based Vexor Technologies, which produces a fuel product, and Machinex, the primary manufacturer of the equipment the company is looking into using at the CPF.

Some of the companies involved are wondering why the process is taking so long.

“There are different facets to each of the proposals,” Lyon-Galvin said. “It’s a very big decision to make. Any process we implement is at minimum a 10-year contract. We want to do it right.”

The sanitary engineer said the Solid Waste District’s goals are to increase recyclables and to limit materials going to landfills at a reasonable cost.

In other news:

  • Commissioners approved hiring Studio Techne Architects of Cleveland for $19,800 to provide architectural and engineering services for a project at the Medina County Human Services Building, 246 Northland Drive, Medina.
    The project includes repairing walls and replacing a concrete ramp, which will be handled by a contractor yet to be selected.
  • Peggy Folk, clerk for commissioners, initially was set to retire in June when she turned 65. Her plan changed and she retired effective Monday.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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