Trash collection changes in Prairie Township

By Amanda Ensinger
Staff Writer

The way trash is collected in Prairie Township will be changing soon.

At a recent meeting, the board of trustees approved a resolution placing more regulation on how trash is collected in the township. Among the changes with the resolution are that trash haulers should be licensed with the township, show proof of current and valid general comprehensive liability/vehicle insurance policy and be registered and in compliance with the requirements of the Franklin County Board of Health.

The license is $150 and is valid until Dec. 31, 2021. Each year haulers will need to purchase a new license.

“There will only be trash on a street one day a week and trash must be in a proper container,” said Rob Peters, township administrator. “A container must have a lid on it and if you already have a container like this you don’t need to purchase a new one.”

Peters said residents will still be able to pick their own hauler, as long as the hauler they select is licensed in the township.

Trash will be picked up on the eastside of the township on Monday, the central part of the township on Tuesday, and the western part of the township on Wednesday.

Peters previously said the reason for these changes is because there has been an increasing rodent problem in the township.

“We are having a rat issue with the trash on the streets almost every day of the week,” Peters said. “Having trash frequently out is a food source for them. Not having trash out four days a week will help solve this problem.”

He also said having trash just in bags on the street for pickup is an issue.

“When trash is not in a container with a lid, it is easily accessible to rodents and racoons,” he said. “Having it in proper containers will eliminate this issue, as well as help keep the township clean because trash bags won’t be opened, and trash won’t be spilled everywhere by these animals.”

These changes will go into effect March 1, 2021.

In other news, the board approve a COVID-19 leave policy. This policy is from Jan. 1 to July 31 and allows any employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had close contact exposure to an individual with COVID-19 and is required to quarantine be off work on administrative leave. The employee’s department head will report the incident requiring the necessary administrative leave to the township administrator for approval.

Any employee who is off work for exposure and is not ill, will be required to work from home if possible. Work from home status will require approval by the township administrator and will be considered work time.

“COVID related incidents are paid as administrative leave,” Peters said. “There is no limit on time and each incident is evaluated independently.”

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