By Linda Dillman
Madison Township residents will see a slight bump in the cost to dispose of their trash following approval by the township trustees of a new five-year solid waste collection contract with Local Waste Services through the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio bid process.
The current contract expires on Dec. 31 and is base priced at $18.54 a month. The new contract is $19.99 a month, which includes a 60 cents per month billing fee for the duration of the contract, and runs from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2025.
“I think we need to get it locked in,” said Trustee Chairman John Pritchard. “With the little extra we’re paying, it’s best to get it locked in.”
There is a discount for senior citizens and for residents needing a 95-gallon tote, the rental cost is an additional $3 per month.
A separate recycling processing contract for the same period, also through the SWACO bid process, was approved with Rumpke during the Sept. 15 meeting.
The trustees held a public hearing on round 35 of the Ohio Public Works Commission Application process.
Superintendent Dave Watkins said the application is due Sept. 30 and includes a $312,805 full depth road reclamation of 56-year-old Glenfield Street, which is in deteriorating condition, and a two-inch $94,878 asphalt restoration of 52-year-old deteriorating streets in the Harriet Addition.
“We need lots of roads fixed in Madison Township,” said Pritchard.
The total application is for $450,370, which includes design and $25,000 in engineering provided by Franklin County. Madison Township’s 25 percent share would be approximately $113,000 with $105,000 funded through a loan.
Watkins said the township received OPWC funding in rounds 32 and 34.
“If we get this one, it’ll be two years in a row,” said Watkins.