The village of Marble Cliff will accept one final proposal from the cities of both Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington for a new three-year contract to provide services to the village.

The village of Marble Cliff will accept one final proposal from the cities of both Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington for a new three-year contract to provide services to the village.

Village council voted 5-0 Nov. 21 to set a deadline of 11 a.m. Dec. 5 for proposals. Council member Matt Cincione recused himself from voting because of a potential conflict, since he serves as a magistrate for Grandview.

Council opted to extend the request for proposal process after Grandview Heights presented a revised proposal last week.

In the first set of proposals, Upper Arlington proposed a three-year contract that was $288,050 lower than the offer presented by Grandview.

Arlington's proposal did not include sanitation services. The village is considering allowing the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio to negotiate its sanitation contract. Three companies have submitted bids.

If the village were to accept the $62,304 bid offered by Rumpke, which included a scope of sanitation services closest to that now provided by Grandview, and add it to the original Arlington proposal, the total of Arlington's proposal for 2012 would be about $92,000 lower than Grandview.

Marble Cliff Mayor Kent Studebaker said Grandview's revised proposal reduces the contract by about $30,000 each year from the city's original offer. That would bring the difference between Grandview and Arlington for 2012 to about $60,000, he said.

Since Grandview has presented another proposal, allowing the two communities to make one final proposal would be the fairest and most equable way to handle the situation, Studebaker said.

Council will schedule a special meeting in December to discuss the final proposals, he said. The special meeting would be held ahead of the regular meeting scheduled for Dec. 19.

The current service contract with Grandview expires at the end of the year and the village hopes to decide on a new contract before then, Studebaker said.

Grandview has agreed to continue to provide services until a decision is reached, even though the current contract expires Dec. 31, he said.

Marble Cliff is paying Grandview $494,773 this year for services including police and fire, parks and recreation and trash collection.