Gerken Paving, Inc., submitted the lowest of four bids for the resurfacing of Wagner Road – between East Broadway and Luckey Road – in Lake Township but the township trustees Tuesday opted to postpone awarding a contract for the project so the road supervisor can review the bids.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, opened the bids but said the trustees will wait for a recommendation from Dan McLargin, road supervisor. He didn’t attend Tuesday’s meeting.
Vicki Schwamberger, the township fiscal officer, advised the board that revenues from the township general fund will be needed to supplement the road fund, which was allocated $45,000 for the paving project – about $10,741 less than Gerken’s low bid.
She said the motor vehicle license tax, gasoline tax, and a property tax road levy – all of which provide revenues for the road fund – haven’t generated sufficient cash to cover the cost of the resurfacing project.
Schwamberger said she will prepare a fund transfer resolution for the trustee’s next meeting.
The township’s share of the estate tax, which is higher than it’s been in past years, is one source that can be tapped for the transfer, she said.
Garbage contract extended
In other business, the trustees approved one-year contract extension with Waste Management of Ohio for garbage collection and recycling service.
The extension will be in effect for 2013 and freeze the monthly rate at $11.50 per household.
Residents will see one change as Waste Management intends to implement every other week curbside recycling service in place of weekly.
The company expects the recycling service change to start around March. Residents will be offered 96-gallon wheeled carts for the service to replace smaller bins now in use.
John Minear, of Waste Management, presented the contract proposal to the trustees last month.
He said when the City of Oregon switched to a recycling collection system with carts the participation rate among residents increased from 65 percent to 95 percent before settling around 87 percent.
Under a new recycling program, the township would be split into two sections and collection would be every other week but collection dates would remain unchanged.
Residents who prefer to use bins would be allowed to keep them but the recycling collection would be every other week under the new contract.
Minear told the trustees the wheeled carts cost Waste Management more money than the bins but the additional costs would not be passed on to the township.