A new contract for trash and recycling services in Dublin was approved last week, but residents are unlikely to see many changes.
Dublin City Council members -- at the recommendation of staff and the City Services Committee -- approved a three-year contract with Rumpke for trash and recycling service, with the possibility of a two-year extension.
The city's contract with Rumpke will run out at the end of the year and Dublin, along with other Solid Waste Consortium members in central Ohio including Bexley, Gahanna, New Albany and Westerville, sought new offers.
Recycling will be free, said Dublin Public Service Director Megan O'Callaghan, and the new contract will save the city money.
Right now, Dublin pays $17.03 per household each month for trash collection.
The new contract charges $14.42 to $15.96 per household, depending on the size of the trash container.
Dublin expects the new contract to shave about 12 percent off the current price.
"It does provide for a few changes in service," O'Calla-ghan said of the new contract.
"There is a choice between three different sizes for trash containers and three different sizes for recycling containers."
Trash, recycling and yard waste will also be collected on the same day, which Dublin is aiming to make Monday, O'Callaghan said.
In other council news, a $1.25 million contract for the construction of the first phase of John Shields Parkway was approved last week.
The first phase of the first new road in the Bridge Street District will include 400 feet of new roadway with curb, brick-paver sidewalks, on-street parallel parking and granite-edged planter beds.
The new street will extend east from Tuller Ridge Road in the first phase and eventually extend to the realigned Riverside Drive.
Construction on the new road is expected to begin July 15 and should be completed in November.
A contract for improvements at the Glick and Dublin roads intersection was also unanimously approved by council last week.
The construction of left-turn lanes at the intersection will cost $1.6 million and work will begin in August once utility relocation is complete.
"Near the beginning of construction, Dublin Road, north of Glick Road, will be close to through traffic and detoured for 14 days, in order to lower the hill near the El Vaquero restaurant," a staff report to council stated. "Traffic will be maintained on Glick Road and Dublin Road south of the intersection for the duration of the construction."
Most of the construction is expected to be completed by Nov. 14 with landscaping, sidewalks and shared-use path work expected early next year, with a May completion date.
Council last week also met Dublin's new director of streets and utilities.
Rob James replaces Jim Burns, who retired last year.
James spent 12 years as director of public works in Centerville before coming to Dublin.
"I'm very happy to be here," he told council.