Last updated: July 10. 2014 5:19PM - 289 Views
By Kevin Dye Contributing writer

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After months of research and examining bids, West Jefferson Village Council decided to continue with its current service provider for residents’ trash pick-up.

Council passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Darlene Steele to enter into an agreement with Waste Management of Ohio for the collection and disposal of village solid waste. It was decided after reviewing all of the bids that the lowest and best bid for the village was with Waste Management.

“After a review of bids of contracts, all three on the (public service) committee agreed on Waste Management,” public service director Dave Metzger said. “We will save about $27,000 a year and it will clear up some things with the recycle bank. With the results we’ve seen with the company so far and the saving, we thought this was the way to go.”

Metzger said that the contract will take effect on Aug. 1, 2014. A communication will go out to residents that the current recycling rewards program will not continue, but residents will still be able to use the points that they have accumulated.

Council also passed two emergency ordinances to begin the planning stages for improvements to the waste water treatment plant and the village’s wellfield.

The first ordinance authorizes cooperative agreement for planning of wastewater treatment plant improvements, Phase 2 Project, between the village and the Ohio Water Development Authority. This will enable the village to acquire low interest loans from the Ohio Water Development Authority for the planned improvements.

The second ordinance authorizes cooperative agreement for planning or wellfield and water treatment plant improvements project with the village and the Ohio Water Development Authority. This also will allow the village to acquire low interest loans for the improvement to the village wellfield.

Neither ordinance “locks” the village into anything, but paves the way for the loans for each project once those projects have been defined and planned, officials said.

A separate resolution was passed for current needs at the wastewater treatment plant. It authorizes Metzger to purchase 4,000 gallons of ferric chloride for use at the plant at a cost of $8,000. A resolution was needed since the cost of the ferric chloride exceeded the public service director’s spending authority.

A final resolution was passed that authorized Steele and Metzger to enter into an agreement with M&M Farms to remove and haul sludge from the village sewer plant at a cost not to exceed $20,000. The process takes place twice a year and it is a planned part of the yearly budget.

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