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Brunswick Hills trustee: Waste district way to save residents money

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BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. –– Township trustees discussed creating a solid waste district at their meeting Monday night.

“It was actually probably about three years ago, a resident contacted (Trustee) Mike (Esber) complaining about the cost of her trash bill and basically it’s just evolved over the three years where first we thought we couldn’t do anything about it. …” Trustee John Witthuhn said.

“Anyway, Ohio law allows us to do it so, you know, we’re just attempting to save residents money.”

Elizabeth Biggins-Ramer, the county’s solid waste coordinator, told trustees that through a solid waste district, trustees would have the opportunity to bid out for services for picking up trash and handling recyclables.

The more specific the bids and any contract language, the lower the price for residents might be.

Biggins-Ramer explained that by law township trustees can “enter into solid waste contracts or building solid waste facilities or anything of that solid waste nature on behalf of all of the residents in the township, similar to a city authorization.”

Biggins-Ramer said “in this statute, it talked about, as a township if you are interested in going out for bid for solid waste services for your township, here are the steps you have to go through.”

To begin the process in Brunswick Hills, trustees first would have to unanimously pass a resolution that they want to create a solid waste district. They then would have to allow time for public comment.

Biggins-Ramer said that if during public forums they receive overwhelming negative feedback from the community, they can choose to keep things the same.

Montville Township trustees created a solid waste district last year, contracting with Kimble Cos. of Dover, which also handles the recycling bins around Medina County. Instead of different companies picking up trash on different days, Montville developed a schedule so the removal of trash and recyclables are done on the same day for each housing development. There’s also different fee tiers for different services.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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