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Richfield residents adjusting to new trash service

1/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

At the Jan. 17 Richfield Township Board of Trustees meeting, Township Administrator Linda Bowmer said residents are still adjusting to the recent change in trash service providers.

The township switched from Kimble Recycling & Disposal (formerly J&J Refuse) to Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services this year.

“Given the time of year and the weather, I think things are going pretty well,” Bowmer stated. “Just from driving around the community, I think people are getting used to what day it is. The phone calls we’ve had are more that people are a little upset that the time has changed from when Kimble used to pick up their trash.”

The “biggest problem” with the change so far, Bowmer said, has been an issue with the red recycling bins.

“Rumpke is saying they are willing to provide one red bin per household. If anyone would like a second bin, they are being asked to pay $10,” she said. “We’ve only been given four extra bins, and those are to be given out to new residences only.”

However, Bowmer said, Rumpke will pick up recycling in “any kind of container if it’s marked ‘recycle.’”

“It just has to be clearly marked,” she said.

According to Bowmer, the township’s website, www.richfield-twp.org, includes a map with color codes showing the days for trash and recycling pick-up. Other available information includes what materials can be recycled, as well as holiday dates, she noted.

Also during the meeting, Fiscal Officer Laurie Pinney told the trustees she was working on the final fiscal report for 2012.

“It’s the fourth-quarter fiscal report. I make a similar report every quarter,” she stated.

The township’s total appropriations for 2012 totaled out at about $3.5 million.

According to Pinney, a comprehensive 2012 annual financial report is available for review in the township office.

The trustees unanimously approved the 2013 appropriations and transfers as presented by Pinney at the meeting. This year’s permanent appropriations are listed at about $3.3 million.

“This is the basic outlook for 2013,” she said. “That [amount] can change throughout the year.”

In other reports, Bowmer said the township has received multiple offers to sell the lease of its cell tower at the service yard on Boston Mills Road.

“Two companies have put forward bids and another company has just written a letter wanting to meet with us and put a proposal together,” she stated. “The offers range from $210,000 and $285,000 approximately.”

Pinney said the township currently generates about $1,984 per month from leasing out the tower.

“So those [offered purchase prices would equal] something like eight to nine years’ worth of lease payments — just ball park,” she said.

Trustee David Wyatt said selling the lease for the offered prices would be a “bad deal.”

“That’s like throwing money out — losing money,” he said. “We’re not broke.”

The trustees chose not to pursue any negotiations for sale of the cell tower’s lease.

In other business:

• Trustee Laurie Peters Gilmore said the dates for the 2013 brush-chipping program are May 6, July 8 and Oct. 8. For additional information about the program, call the township service department at 330-659-6483.

• This year’s Project Pride, which will take place April 27, is scheduled to have a shredding truck again.

“The Village [of Richfield] has approached us again about sharing and bringing in a shredding truck,” Bowmer said. “We did this last year and there was a steady stream of cars. They’ve told us it would be the same pricing as last year, and it came to $97 for our share.”

The trustees approved the expenditure of up to $120 for rental of a shredding truck.

“The truck would be here from 9 a.m. until noon and residents can bring up to six banker’s boxes,” Bowmer said. “You can’t have paper clips, but you can have staples. They shred it while you watch, so people can feel confident that the stuff is being properly disposed of.”

The trustees met for a special meeting Jan. 23. Information from that meeting was not available at presstime. The next one is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at the township offices, located behind the fire station on West Streetsboro Road.

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