Thursday, September 07, 2000

Village contracts garbage pickups

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GOLF MANOR — While the village will continue to pay for residential garbage collection, village employees will no longer do the job.

        Village council Tuesday night voted unanimously to contract waste collection services with Rumpke Inc. instead of replacing or repairing the community's 25-year-old garbage truck, Mayor Dennis Puthoff said.

        The mayor said the village will continue to cover costs of the service for 16 months — the length of the Rumpke contract — and then council will review the issue. The Rumpke contract is for $116,500 a year.

        Rumpke will begin waste collection Monday. The village will distribute collection schedules to all residents this week. Some residents will see changes in garbage collection days, the mayor said.

        The service has included taking out trash containers to the truck instead of requiring residents to put garbage cans curbside, the mayor said. In the future, that service will only be available to handicapped residents or residents over 65, and only if they call village hall to request the service. All other residents will be re quired to put out their own garbage cans, Mr. Puthoff said.

        Village maintenance employees will distribute the new schedules door to door and will perform the take-out service for those who need and request it. Call 531-7418 to ask for take-out service.

Tax levy avoided
        “Our truck just died. Its engine was gone. Its transmission was gone. It just stopped on a trip out to Rumpke landfill (in Colerain Township). It's ludicrous to put $18,000 to $20,000 into repairing a 25-year-old truck and to buy a new one would cost about $115,000. That means we would need to put on a tax levy to fund it,” the mayor said.

        “It is our opinion that many of our residents would not welcome or be able to afford an increase in taxes. Our intent is to retain all of our (five) maintenance jobs. There is plenty of work in our community to keep them busy — street maintenance and sweeping, building maintenance, snow and leaf removal. Attrition will take care of any job reduction. The existing jobs are not in danger.”

        With Golf Manor halting its own waste collection service, only three Hamilton County communities will continue to provide it: Cincinnati, St. Bernard and Lockland.


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