The Pleasant Township board of trustees has been working with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio to renegotiate the contract of the township’s trash pickup services for the past few months. The terms appeared to be close to finalization until they hit a minor snag at the Sept. 28 meeting.
During the meeting, trustee Dale Worthington asked the SWACO representative if there is an opt-out clause for residents who do not want SWACO hauling service, as many of them haul their own. Rene Rimelspach, an attorney with Eastman & Smith, Ltd. who was speaking on behalf of SWACO said there was not.
Rimelspach said with the way the contract is currently written, it gives SWACO exclusive hauling rights for the township.
"The legal answer is there can’t be a provision (for residents to opt-out), but I can see what we can do," she said.
The trustees said they would not enter into the contract until they talked to their legal council to see if they could include the opt-out clause for those residents who have their own hauling services. Rimelspach said there is still a lot of time to come to an agreement as the township’s contract does not expire until April 2011.
The trustees will accept resumes until Oct. 6 to fill the seat of Keith Goldhardt, who recently passed away.
Worthington, who was named chairman in Goldhardt’s stead, said they would announce the new trustee at the Oct. 12 meeting. Trustees request the resumes be placed in fiscal officer Paula Wilkins’s mailbox at the fire department, which is located at 5373 Norton Road, Grove City, OH, 43123.
The fall clean-up will be held on Oct. 15 and 16 at the Pleasant Township Fire Department. The Oct. 15 hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Oct. 16 hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will not accept yard waste, paint or any other hazardous materials.