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Township officials choose new trash hauler

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

Rumpke, of Northern Ohio, will take over as Richfield Township’s new waste and recycling hauler in the new year, the Richfield Township Board of Trustees decided Dec. 6.

The township and Richfield Village asked for bids for a new contract, and Rumpke won with a bid of $11.25 per household per month. The township will save $42,887 next year, said Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore.

The other bidders were current hauler Kimble Recycling and Disposal ($14.74) and Republic Services ($14.04), according to township officials. Richfield Village Council accepted the same bid at its meeting two days earlier.

Rumpke Government Sector Representative Adrian Smith, a Richfield resident, spoke to the trustees about the company and its history. He said Rumpke will inform residents by mail about the changeover, which may include a change to a five-day schedule, as opposed to the current single-day arrangement.

Kimble representative Don Johnson tried to change the trustees’ minds at the last minute, but Trustee David Wyatt joked that he and his colleagues “would be strung up” if they missed the opportunity to save that much money. The trustees thanked Kimble for their recent years of service.

In other news:

• Police Lt. Joe Davis said the Shop With a Cop program will take place Dec. 15. He also thanked Tony’s Auto for donating repairs on the D.A.R.E. van.

Davis also said Richfield police officers will be among the first in Ohio to work with a scenario-training program called MILO (military integrated laser operations) from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28. The program will allow officers to use lasers, rather than live ammunition, to prepare for more than 1,000 scenarios involving firearms and use of force, Davis said.

• Trustee Janet Jankura asked Davis and Acting Fire Chief Phil McLean how residents can stay informed during an emergency. Davis noted Facebook, Twitter and the Reverse 9-1-1 phone-alert system.

McLean added the Summit County Emergency Operations Center would alert newspapers, TV and radio stations.

• McLean talked about how his department and Village Council honored retired fire department members Bob Glover, Andy Ellis, Don Zito and Jim and Stephanie Landry.

He also mentioned that all of his department’s equipment is in good shape. 

• Zoning Inspector Laurie Pinney said the township has issued 10 zoning certificates for new houses this year, with three more pending.

“That is a substantial increase over last year,” she said.

Pinney also told the trustees the owner of a vacant 13.5-acre property on the southeast corner of Boston and Broadview roads asked to have the property rezoned from Residential to Commercial.

The same owner made a similar request in 1998 that was unsuccessful, she added. The Zoning Commission is scheduled to discuss the request at a public hearing Jan. 3.

• Pinney and Township Administrator Linda Bowmer also noted openings for one member and two alternate members exist on both the Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). Mike Fremon’s term as a BZA alternate will expire at the end of the year, and Bowmer said he has informed the township he is stepping down.

• Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore thanked Pinney and Administrative Assistant Debbie Bluso Rogers for their work in putting the zoning code onto the township website.

• The trustees voted to allow township employees to choose tax-deferred insurance coverage through AFLAC.

• The trustees also added Henderson Truck Equipment to the township vendor’s list and approved the purchase of three desktop computers and a laptop for $6,200.

The next meeting of the Richfield Township trustees is scheduled for Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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