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Council OKs Ordinance To Accept Rapid Removal Contract
Posted By Administrator, Publisher On December 24, 2013 @ 10:32 am In City Council | No Comments
Rapid Removal will begin collecting residential trash on Jan. 1 after members of the Trenton City Council on Monday night adopted an ordinance, officially awarding the contract to the Trenton-based company.
On a 6-0 vote, the council approved an ordinance allowing the city to enter into a contract with Rapid Removal for residential trash hauling as well as an ordinance to enter a contract with Hope Haven of Chillicothe for recycling services. Councilmen Chuck Elliott and Jim Bush were absent.
Both contracts are for five years. Hope Haven currently provides recycling services for the city, however, this will be the first time for Rapid Removal.
Prior to the vote, councilman Travis Elbert asked questions concerning the types of items Rapid Removal would collect as part of its services. City Administrator Kerry Sampson said that bulky items would be picked up by Rapid Removal in much the same way that the city’s current provider, WCA, does now. However, Sampson noted persons having such items should contact Rapid Removal prior to their pick-up date.
Rapid Removal manager Andy Burress said that the trash pickup would take place on the same schedule as what is currently being used. When a pick-up date falls on a holiday, pick-up is done on the following day. In the case of Rapid Removal’s contract starting on Jan. 1, those with scheduled pick-up on Wednesday will be moved to Thursday, Thursday will be moved to Friday and Friday will be moved to Saturday. A normal schedule will then be followed the next week.
There was a public comment time prior to the council vote, however, none of the members of the public who were present chose to speak. That included representatives of the city’s current provider, WCA.
According to the contract, residents will be charged $10.15 per month for the first three years of the contract. Beginning in 2017, the charge goes up to $10.45 while the 2018 charge will be $10.76. Residents currently pay $10.28 per month. Billing will continue to be done by the city, with the charge being included on the city utility bill each month.
The Hope Haven contract also goes into effect on Jan. 1 with residents to be charged $2.71 per month. The rates for the other four years are $2.78, $2.85, $2.91 and $2.99. The current rate is $2.85 per month. The city will also do the billing for this service and the schedule for pick-up will also remain the same.
An executive session was held for legal matters prior to the open meeting. No announcement was made.
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