Norwich Township trustees on Monday voted against a fee increase sought by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, saying they need more information.

Norwich Township trustees on Monday voted against a fee increase sought by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, saying they need more information.

SWACO wants to increase its fees by $2 per ton of trash, effective Jan 1. The fees would be assessed to Local Waste Services, which hauls trash for the township.

Township administrator Wayne Warner said the increased fees would be passed on to residents. Fiscal officer Jamie Miles said residents currently pay about $43 a quarter to Local Waste Services.

Warner said SWACO is a consortium of villages, cities and townships. Norwich Township has been asked to cast a vote to approve the increased fee.

"SWACO has done a poor job of explaining why they need this increase, and therefore they haven't sufficiently sold (the trustees) on the need," Warner said.

Also Monday, Norwich Fire Chief David Long asked the trustees to accept the resignation of Lt. Mike Hull, who will retire Aug. 31.

"We certainly will miss him but I think we're all very happy for him that he's able to retire with good health and hopefully enjoy a very, very long retirement," Long said.

Firefighter Jeff Woodward was promoted to lieutenant effective Aug. 31. This created an open spot for a firefighter. The trustees approved hiring Jason Caldwell, pending a background check and physical exam.

Also Monday, representatives from the Franklin County Health Department and the Soil and Water Conservation District asked trustees to participate in public education programs about the proper handling of stormwater. This includes ways of keeping chemicals and contaminants out of rivers and streams.

"They're involved with the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System), which is an (Environmental Protection Agency) mandate," Warner said. "They're making sure we're doing our part."

Other items the agenda included updating fees for Wesley Chapel Cemetery, 3225 Dublin Road. Norwich Township owns, operates and maintains the cemetery.

Cemetery Sexton Steve Montgomery said grave prices will increase for nonresidents who are eligible to be buried in the cemetery. To be eligible, Montgomery said people have to be either a resident of the township or have blood-related family members who own lots or are buried in the cemetery.

The price for eligible nonresidents has increased from $500 to $1,000.

Montgomery said he was increasing the price to nonresidents because they don't pay Norwich Township taxes.

In addition, the price of a Saturday or holiday burial will increase from $150 to $300 to help cover overtime costs, he said.

In other news, Warner will consult with township attorney Peter Griggs on the proper way to select an engineering firm to repair Schirtzinger Road. Warner said the road has drainage problems. He said it's difficult to do this because of trees and ditches on both sides of the road and the township needs an engineer to discuss options.

"Legally, to select an engineering firm, you can't just look in the yellow pages and pick somebody and hire them. You have to advertise and have a selection process."