BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — As part of ongoing efforts to move to a single-hauler system for sanitation collection, township trustees went over its bidding process Tuesday with a representative from the Medina County Solid Waste District.
The invitation to bid that trustees are working on will include curbside recycling for township residents.
Currently, the township has three haulers handling collections in neighborhoods — C Martin Trucking, Kimble and Republic Services.
“Some of the (current) haulers offer that but most do not,” Trustee John Witthuhn said about curbside recycling. “This would be offered throughout the township, it would be uniform.”
Trustee Michael Esber said costs and road maintenance are top reasons why trustees want to switch to a single hauler.
“We could probably save 30 to 40 percent per household, and then it will reduce traffic on our streets to one hauler one day a week instead of three on the same day,” he said.
Trustees will approve the invitation to bid at their next meeting.
A mandatory prebid meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at township hall, 1918 Pearl Road, and the plan is to open the bid at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The trustees have projected the new trash program will begin in March.
Brunswick Hills is not the only township looking to do away with multiple haulers.
York and Hinckley townships are also looking to switch to a single-hauler system. Hinckley already has opened the bidding process to find a service provider.
In other news
Trustees unanimously approved a request from the police department to purchase new equipment for the SWAT team.
Three new Comtac headsets will be purchased from Atlantic Signal LLC. The total cost for the headsets will be $3,625.
“What these are is they’re noise-canceling headsets that adapt to their Kevlar helmets on the SWAT team,” Police Chief Tim Sopkovich said. “For safety, as far as hearing a whisper in a room, they’ll still be able to hear that, but if there is a loud explosion or gunshot or something it will cancel it out and also officers will be able to communicate with other officers that are on the SWAT team.”