Hilliard residents will have to wait a while to find out which company will be collecting their trash after city council tabled a resolution on the matter.

Hilliard residents will have to wait a while to find out which company will be collecting their trash after city council tabled a resolution on the matter.

More than 50 people packed City Hall last night (Monday, April 26) to voice their concern with a resolution authorizing an agreement for Rumpke of Ohio, Inc. to collect trash, yard waste and recyclable materials for the city starting July 1 for three years.

Hilliard residents received a letter from the city's current trash hauler, Local Waste Services, urging people to speak out against the resolution. Several did, and others called or e-mailed City Hall in support of Local Waste Services. Representatives from both companies were also in attendance.

David Jakes summed up many of the residents' views, saying, "I am concerned. The prior service of Rumpke (over a decade ago) was very poor. I am pleased with the current provider."

Rumpke had the lowest and best bid, said Butch Seidle, the director of public service. Pam Fox, the city's law director, said Hilliard is obligated to select the lowest and best bid.

Several residents said they were willing to pay the extra 20 cents a month for Local Waste Services to continue to be their hauler.

Local Waste Services disputed the bid process, saying that Rumpke submitted an alternate bid to collect yard waste on Monday, with recycling and trash collected Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. However, Local Waste Services' bid was to collect all materials on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, as it has since 2001.

Councilwoman Kelly McGivern said she'd talked to 100 people, and only one person didn't mind Rumpke's alternative. Several speakers last night said they objected to two different pick-up days and cited traffic and safety concerns.

"I believe we have two excellent companies," said council president Brett Sciotto, but he felt the differing bids "muddied the waters." councilman Tim Roberts said "there was enough reasonable doubt" to not pick a trash hauler.

Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt suggested tabling the resolution to gather more information. The motion was approved 5-0-1, with Albert Iosue abstaining.

Also during the two-hour meeting, council:

Approved emergency passage of an ordinance for issuing in $3,035,000 in bond anticipation notes for street improvements.

Approved emergency passage of an amended ordinance consolidating six bond anticipation notes into a consolidated not issue.

Approved a resolution to receive a $495,000 grant from the 128th General Assembly to be used for the First Responders Park.

Unanimously approved an ordinance to rezone 165 acres of land on the south side of Scioto Darby Road. Two members of the public expressed concerns, but Frank Petruziello, representing the developer Skilken, said, "We believe this project is well-positioned."

Approved an ordinance rezoning 39 acres on the east side of Alton Darby Road.

Approved a resolution authorizing construction of the Triangle Project (Main Street/Cemetery Road/Scioto Darby Road).

Heard the first reading of an ordinance to prohibit texting while driving. Sharon Montgomery, whose husband, John, died in a traffic crash in 2000 from a distracted driver, commended council, saying, "Your ordinance will greatly enhance safety."