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Trash contract up for vote

Rumpke's offer appears to be the best of four packages

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The city of Bexley is evaluating options for solid waste collection to cover the next three to five years.

Bexley is considering bids from four different vendors that submitted bids to the central Ohio Solid Waste Consortium, which includes the cities of Bexley, Dublin, Gahanna, New Albany, Reynoldsburg and Westerville, and Blendon, Mifflin, Plain and Washington townships. City officials presented the options at a public meeting held during City Council's June 10 meeting.

The bids, which the consortium received May 20, would enact the following monthly fees for residents, based on a three-year contract with the city: Rumpke, $15.53; Inland Services, $19.74; Republic Services, $26.89. The fourth vendor, Waste Management, only submitted a bid for a five-year contract at a monthly cost of $17.25 for residents.

Bill Dorman, the city's service director, said the best option is the three-year contract with Rumpke, which would ultimately total $19.21 per month for residents when factoring in tipping fees and the cost of carry-out service -- collection at garage doors rather than residents having to wheel garbage cans to the curb.

"This would equate to 70 cents savings per user per month based on the city's current rate of $19.91 per month," Dorman said.

Rumpke would provide each resident with a 32-, 65- or 95-gallon wheeled garbage can and one 96-gallon wheeled recycling container.

Rumpke is the city's current provider.

Council is scheduled to vote on Ordinance 32-14, enacting a new contract with a waste hauler, at its meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. June 24 in council chambers at City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

In other business at the June 10 meeting, council President Richard Sharp announced interviews for candidates to replace Councilwoman Anne Lewis were scheduled to take place during special council meetings set June 17 and 18.

Lewis announced she would resign from council this month due to work and family commitments.

The new member will be sworn in at the beginning of council's June 24 meeting and will serve the remainder of Lewis' term, which expires Dec. 31, 2015.

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