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New trash hauler for Richfield Village approved

12/13/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Jeff Gorman

Richfield Village will have a new trash hauler in the new year, as Council awarded a three-year contract to Rumpke, of Northern Ohio, Dec. 4.

Rumpke, which is based in Mayfield Heights, issued a bid of $11.25, beating out Kimble Recycling and Disposal, of Dover ($14.74), and Republic Services, of Massillon ($14.04), according to village officials.

Kimble, formerly J & J Refuse, has been Richfield’s provider in recent years. The change also will apply in Richfield Township, as the trustees ratified the deal two days later.

“Thanks for putting your trust in us; we won’t let you down,” said Rumpke Regional Operations Manager Gregory Biemer.

Service Director Melanie Baker said residents will receive a notice in the mail regarding the service changeover.

Mayor Bobbie Beshara thanked Kimble representative Don Johnson for his company’s service to Richfield residents.

Also at the meeting, Council passed resolutions honoring retired fire department members Jim Landry, Stephanie Landry, Robert Glover and Andy Ellis.

Glover retired Oct. 31 after 37 years in the Richfield Fire Department, according to village officials. He served on the Rope Rescue Team all over the area, and his colleagues named some of his innovations after him, such as coveralls called “Gloveralls.”

Acting Fire Chief Phil McLean presented him with a mounted newspaper clipping of his 1991 rescue of a young man from a ledge in Hinckley. Glover rappelled down and lowered him to safety.

Ellis, a Council member, served on the fire department for 41 years, and he served as assistant chief under fire chiefs Russell English and Joseph Stopak, according to village officials.

“His common sense approach to calls, situations and problems will be missed,” the resolution stated.

Ellis’ grandfather and father also served Richfield as assistant fire chiefs. The family’s legacy dates back to the beginning of the fire department in 1934, according to village officials. Eric Ellis became the fourth generation of the family to serve in the department in 1999.

Andy Ellis credited several other members of his family as well for their fire and police department service.

Jim and Stephanie Landry joined the department in 1980 and served for 27 and 25 years, respectively, according to village officials. They both were named firefighter of the year in 1988 and have been active in the Summit County Firefighters Association.

Dave Morehouse, assistant chief of the Valley Fire District, recalled one Halloween when his crew was short-staffed and the Landrys came in to pass out candy to children.

In other business:

• Police Chief Keith Morgan said the Shop With a Cop program will take place Dec. 15 and should enjoy a record-breaking year.

Morgan also thanked Tony’s Auto for fixing the brakes on the D.A.R.E. van for free.

“That kind of generosity keeps the program going,” the police chief said.

• Baker said her department finished leaf vacuuming and was working on brush chipping.

• Recreation Director Ruth Jocek thanked Council for its work session with the park board before the meeting regarding a plan for a new Richfield Recreation Center.

• Finance Director Sandy Turk said November tax receipts came 2.1 percent lower than in the same month last year. Overall this year, income tax receipts are 5.1 percent higher than in 2011, she said.

• Council member Ralph Waszak said the village has applied on behalf of the Tree and Landscape Commission for a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to preserve Richfield’s urban tree canopy.

• Council also approved an agreement with the Summit County Public Defenders Commission for 2013 at $160 per case to represent indigent defendants, as well as a new deal with Walter & Haverfield LLC for legal services for the village.

• Council passed a new ordinance that will provide for the payment of overdue sanitary sewer charges at the time of the sale or transfer of a property.

• Council also agreed to accept a $50,000 grant from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council. The village can use the money for energy-efficient projects.

• Council also approved the expense of no more than $900 for a holiday party for village employees.

The next regular Village Council meeting will take place Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road.

Before the meeting, a public hearing will take place at 7:45 p.m. on a pair of proposed amendments to the zoning code. One is regarding rear-yard setbacks in the R-1 (Residential) district. The other one concerns the Planning and Zoning Commission’s authority to review certain land-use decisions of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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