By Linda Dillman
Monthly residential garbage and refuse rates are going up in Obetz following a March 22 action by village council.
While the $1.23 increase is less than increases experienced by other central Ohio areas serviced by a trash hauling contract, this is the first time in seven years rates were raised in Obetz. Village Administrator Rod Davisson previously explained the reason for the jump in cost is that Waste Management’s contract increased and it is more than what the village currently charges each household.
Residents previously paid $14.77 a month for trash service. The rate is going up to $16 a month. Residents age 65 and older and heads of household may apply for a 10 percent discount to the $16 rate.
While the present contract does not include household recycling, the issue could be on the table when it comes time to negotiating a new contract or requesting proposals from other haulers.
•Mayor Angela Kirk said, as part of a cooperative program with Hamilton Local Schools, the village intends to hire 30 students—incoming seniors and juniors—as parttime employees who will work in departments throughout the village.
“I’m really excited about that,” said Kirk. “It (the experience) gives them at least a year to decide what they want to do. If we have positions available for hire (after graduation), we’ll be able to cherry pick from those kids who are interested.”
•An ordinance was approved under emergency language and in accordance with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System that allows employees to convert vacation and sick time to cash as part of an annual plan.
•The final plat for Section 2 of the Big Walnut Run subdivision was adopted by council.