By Lenny C. Lepola firstname.lastname@example.org
January 29, 2014
Rumpke contract up March 31;
Village will interview trash haulers
It seems like ancient history. It was way back in 2008 when Sunbury Village Council members first began exploring the possibility of a contracting with a single trash hauler to collect residential trash within Village limits, and to limit trash hauling to one day during specific hours on that day that haulers could bring their trucks into the Village.
The theory was a single trash hauler would service more clients; and with more clients the hauler could lower rates. Limiting the number of trash haulers using village streets would create safer streets for pedestrians, especially children, and the streets themselves would not suffer as much damage from the heavy trucks used by trash haulers. Limiting the number of days each week and hours during the day that garbage trucks could collect refuse would make for a quieter community, especially during early morning or evening hours.
In early 2008 Rainbow Avenue resident Warren Owen complained about a trash hauler in his neighborhood collecting trash and waking residents at 2:15 in the morning during commercial pickups, and at 5 a.m. while collecting residential trash.
Council members noted at that time that it would be difficult to monitor and manage trash haulers schedules with five trash hauling firms - BFI, Rumpke, Republican, Allied Waste and Waste Management — coming into and out of the village on a daily basis.
The village subsequently put out a request for proposals, interviewed representative from three trash hauling firms, and Rumpke was awarded the village’s three year curbside trash collection contract with modest annual rate increases, and two one year extensions. Ordinance 2009-04 that approved the Rumpke contract also contained language that allowed the Village to extend the contract for two additional one-year periods starting on April 1, 2012.
During last Wednesday’s (January 22) Sunbury Village Council meeting it was noted that the final Rumpke contractual renewal ends on March 31.
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield had previously mentioned joining forces with nearby townships or the Village of Galena to lower trash-hauling costs, but he said on Wednesday that there were legalities that might prevent the Village from entering into contracts with other political subdivisions.
He also noted that during the late 2008 and early 2009 trash-hauling negotiations there was some interest in curbside recycling. Mandatory curbside recycling would have cost residential customers $2 more each month; voluntary curbside recycling would have cost $8 more monthly. The Village chose neither option.
“People want options, they don’t want to be told what to do,” Hatfield said last Wednesday. “If the dollar amount was the same as we’re paying right now then I would feel comfortable telling our residents we would have mandatory curbside recycling.
“We had a good contract before,” Hatfield continued. “I’m happy with the contract we have. Everything I put out on the road disappears. We should bring haulers in, beat them up a bit and see what kind of a deal we can get. Recycling is a pretty big topic these days, but we want to provide trash service at the lowest price.”
Sunbury Village Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month in third floor Council chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. In months with five Wednesdays on the calendar Council member will hold a meeting on the fifth Wednesday, unless formally cancelled by a motion and a vote at a previous council session.
All Sunbury Village Council and council committee meetings are open to the public.
Sunbury’s website is located at < sunburyvillage.com >.
Current Rumpke Contract established in 2009
The 2009 Rumpke contract stipulated that trash collection would take place on one weekday, either on Wednesday or Thursday, from 7 a.m. and no later than 7 p.m.; all Rumpke trash collection would be curb-side service with no bag or container quantity limit; and if a customer did not use a container, refuse had to be bagged or bundled, with a maximum of 50 pounds per bag, bundle or container.
Village residents are allowed to use their own trash containers, plastic bags, or may rent 90 gallon wheeled totes from Rumpke.
Back door service is provided for disabled individuals at no additional charge; and Rumpke has a standard Snowbird Clause allowing residents to discontinue service for a period of absence from the Village at no charge with a two-week absence minimum.
The contract allows for pick-up of one large bulk item per week, including furniture, bedding and appliances, with a 24-hour notice to Rumpke. Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners must have refrigerants removed prior to pick-up.
Rumpke will not pick up construction and demolition debris, tires, hazardous materials,or motor oil; but does allow for yard waste pick up if the yard waste is bundled according to Rumpke specifications.
Rumpke direct bills residents, no trash hauling invoices are issued to residents by the Village administration.
The contract also stipulated that small offices and businesses that generate no more trash than the average residential customer would be able to purchase Rumpke service at the residential rate.
Non-single-family houses, duplexes and other multiple dwelling buildings may elect not to participate in the service; and the contract does not allow Rumpke to add fuel surcharges.