Liberty Township trustees last week formed two committees in an effort to gain residents' input on the aesthetics of a new Orange Road bridge and whether the township should contract with a single garbage hauler.

Liberty Township trustees last week formed two committees in an effort to gain residents' input on the aesthetics of a new Orange Road bridge and whether the township should contract with a single garbage hauler.

Both committees were formed by a unanimous vote of trustees, who said they hope to have each staffed with about five residents and holding meetings in July.

The Orange Road bridge task force will examine the "aesthetics of the proposed new bridge" including the architecture and landscaping planned for the new two-lane span across the Olentangy River.

Township Administrator Dave Anderson will set up the topics for what the committee will consider and Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman will be invited to participate, Trustee Bob Mann said.

The engineer in November released plans showing a steel-girder-style bridge with a concrete deck and low walls allowing the river to be seen from the bridge.

The county plans to build a new, two-lane bridge about 200 feet north of the current one-lane bridge, which has been closed since an August inspection found significant deterioration.

The project also would realign Orange Road with Carriage Road to the west, and would include a new intersection at Perry and Orange roads, east of the bridge.

Construction is estimated to cost $3.2-million, not including other costs such as a roundabout planned for the realigned Orange and Carriage intersection.

Engineering work is expected to be finished in July and the county will bid the project this fall, Bauserman said.

The new bridge is expected to open in summer 2009, he has said.

Earlier this month, Bauserman told trustees, ""I don't have any intention of stopping the progress or process of what's already gone on."

The garbage and recycling committee will "investigate the level of interest ... Liberty Township residents have in implementing a recycling and trash hauling contracting strategy on a townshipwide basis."

Competitive bidding for a single contract can save consumers as much as 27 percent and increase recycling participation, said Keith Bailey, coordinator of the Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow Solid Waste Management District, during a presentation to trustees May 5.

Contracting for townshipwide service can reduce the number of trucks and their effects on infrastructure and pollution, as well as save residents money, trustees said.

It also would let trustees set the day and times refuse collections can take place.

Residents currently obtain their own service, which often means a number of local waste management companies drive through the township weekly, and neighbors on the same street might have different trash days.

"I'm not a big committee person ... but there are people out there that have lived in this township for 50-plus years and are really particular about their garbage hauler," said Curt Sybert, trustee chair. "I'd like to hear more public comment."

Neighboring communities -- including Orange Township and Powell -- both have a single contracted garbage hauler.

Powell contracts with Columbus-based Rumpke for weekly residential trash and recycling pickup.

Rumpke bills Powell homeowners the $15.28 monthly fee directly.

Orange Township in 2005 also began contracting with Rumpke. Trustees earlier this year renewed that contract.

Orange homeowners pay $15.06 per month, or $45.18 per quarter and that rate will remain in effect through 2011, said Gail Messmer, township administrator.

Residents interested in serving on either committee should send a letter of interest, including qualifications to administrator Dave Anderson, 10104 Brewster Lane, Suite 125, Powell 43065.