Council approves refuse contract

Bulk pick up option added

By Drew Stambaugh -

After months of information gathering and discussion, Swanton Village Council on May 28 approved a new refuse contract with Republic Services.

An increased cost will come with an additional service. Village residents will now be able to schedule one bulk pick-up per quarter by calling the refuse service.

The new contract begins July 1 with a cost of $16.04 per month in Year 1. The current cost is $13.43 per month. In Year 2 the price increases to $16.52 per month, with increases to $17.02, $17.53, and $18.06 in subsequent years.

Another reason for the cost increase is the change to recycling policies of Asian countries including China. China’s National Sword policy implemented much stricter contamination standards for recyclables.

As a result, it has become more difficult and expensive to recycle throughout the United States.

Two companies submitted proposals after a request was made by the village in late 2018. Council decided to move forward with Republic Services and approved a five-year contract last week naming the company the exclusive franchise for residential solid waste and recycling pick-up.

A new Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) could be in the works in eastern Fulton County. Swanton Village Council approved funding to analyze the feasibility of a JEDD along Airport Highway between the Village of Swanton and Village of Delta, according to Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle.

Discussion first began in April 2018, when representatives from Delta, Swancreek Township, Swancreek Water District, Maumee Valley Planning Organization, and the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation met to discuss the logistics of forming a JEDD. They met again this May and recommended hiring law firm Eastman and Smith to work on the legal logistics.

It was requested that each entity contribute funds for the legal expenses, with the condition that any revenue generated from the JEDD would first pay back those contributions.

Swanton Council approved a contribution not to exceed $5,000.

Also at the meeting, Council approved an emergency ordinance to enter into an agreement for renovations at the closed pavilion in Memorial Park. Because the project includes CDBG funds, bids were opening by the Fulton County Commissioners, with Dotson Company submitting the lowest of three.

The base bid was $112,000, and there was a $15,000 alternate bid for a decorative ceiling. That was well below the estimate.

Work will be done in two phases because CDBG funded renovations need to be completed by the end of August. The rest of the work will be completed by the end of October.

Other business

• The purchase of a generator for the village water treatment plant was approved. During a walk through of the plant, EPA officials said the current generator set-up is not sufficient. That generator will be used elsewhere by the village.

• Zachary Wertz was approved as a Tree Commission member.

• Hoelzle reported that finishing touches on the Project 7 sewer separation and Garfield Bridge projects will be completed once the weather cooperates.
• Final readings of ordinances to proceed with street lighting and leaf collection assessments were approved.
Bulk pick up option added

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise