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Bids to be sought for single-hauler in Hinckley


HINCKLEY TWP. –– Trustees approved a resolution Tuesday to go out for bid for a single-hauler sanitation company to handle trash collection in the township.

The bid will be advertised June 11 and trustees will open bid packages Aug. 6.

Moving to a single-hauler system will eliminate the need for residents to contract with a solid waste disposal company. Currently, residents hire one of four companies to pick up their trash — Republic Services, Kimble, C. Martin Trucking or Rumpke.

Trustees have said they want to move to a single-hauler system because it would be cheaper for residents and will create less damage to township roads and less traffic.

However, not all residents agree taking the choice away from the residents is the right way to go.

At Tuesday’s meeting, resident Jim McClintock said business owners should be exempt from the proposed program.

“I basically object to the mandatory participation of the proposed waste management district … primarily because I have not had trash pickup at my house in 35 years because I have a trash dumpster at my business that I pay for,” he said.

Solid Waste Director Beth Biggins-Ramer has previously said the plan is to put exemptions in places for business owners, people with disabilities and the elderly.

Biggins-Ramer has previously said the new program will offer residents two options: a bag program and an unlimited program.

The unlimited program will provide residents with two large 95-to-96-gallon bins for trash and recycling. In addition to the two bins, residents will be allowed to have up to two cubic yards of yard waste next to their bins.

For the bag service, residents would prepay the contractor for a roll of bags.

Trustees hope to have the new single-hauler system in place by 2020 and are still working out the details.

In other news:

Trustees approved a resolution to go out for bid on concrete slab replacement projects throughout the township.

The concrete slab projects include Laurie Lane, David Drive and Galilee Oval. The estimated cost, which was provided by the Medina County Engineers Office, for the three projects is $176,144.

Project bids will go out today.

This is the most cost effective way of handling the concrete streets, according to Trustee Jim Burns.

“Asphalt doesn’t go good over concrete,” Burns said. “To tear up all the concrete and put down asphalt would still be a major expense.”

Granger Asphalt and Concrete Paving will handle a smaller resurfacing project that includes the U-shaped driveway that runs through the Beach Road Cemetery at a cost of $8,255.

“The drive is 10 feet (wide) and we want to expand it to 13 feet,” Trustee Ray Schulte said. “People are driving up on the grass.”

This has caused some drainage issues within the cemetery so widening and repaving the driveway will help, Schulte said. Trustees signed the work contract Tuesday. A start date for the project is to be determined.

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

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