By Linda Dillman
Changes are coming for Obetz village residents whose trash pick-up service is provided by Waste Management.
Their monthly fee is increasing by $1.23, but it is less than many central Ohio areas serviced by a trash district. On Feb. 22, Obetz Village Council held the first reading of legislation to increase the monthly residential garbage and refuse collection rate.
“Waste Management’s rate charged to the village is contractually increasing and is more than what the village is currently charging each household. Therefore, the rate needs increased,” said Obetz Village Administrator Rod Davisson.
Residents currently pay $14.77 a month to Waste Management. The rate is going up to $16 a month.
Davisson said Obetz residents have not had a trash service rate increase since 2014. Residents age 65 and older and heads of household may apply for a 10 percent discount to the $16 rate.
According to the Hamilton Township website, residents living in the unincorporated areas of the township currently pay Local Waste $15.70 a month plus a fuel surcharge. Residents living in neighboring unincorporated Madison Township now pay $19.99 per month as of the first of the year for service with Local Waste. The fee does not include a 95-gallon tote, which is an extra $3 per month. Local Waste provides a $1.50 senior discount in both townships.
Fortress Obetz news
Steve Adams, the village’s National Director of Athletic Operations and Promotions, updated council and the mayor regarding a fast-filling schedule at Fortress Obetz for the rest of 2021.
“There’s literally only two Saturday-Sunday combinations open,” said Adams as he highlighted a calendar already packed with events including Ohio State University soccer games, a potential hosting of the first and second round of men’s and women’s NCAA soccer, an after-hours Good Guys related event, Q FM 96 Bike Nights, Hamilton Township’s 2021 graduation and several football camps.
“Things are going to start ramping up,” said Adams
The village is conducting movie nights in June, July, and August for its residents and the Cleveland Browns are holding their youth football camp in June on the grounds of the Fortress.
“We want them to continue to want to come back,” said Adams as he detailed the schedule with events and competitions such as the OHSAA Cross Country Showcase and high school cross country championship.