The Press Newspaper
Northwood City Council will allow Waste Management of Ohio to use Michigan load trucks to haul fly ash down East Broadway for deposit into Waste Management’s Evergreen Recycling and Disposal solid waste landfill.
The permit allows an average of 15 trucks per day, weighing a total of 750 tons, to travel down a half mile segment of East Broadway to Evergreen, located at East Broadway and Wales roads, said Bacon.
The city wants to recoup any costs associated with the wear and tear of that segment of the road, which had just been repaved about four years ago, according to Administrator Pat Bacon.
“It’ll be more some days, and other days it will be nothing,” said Bacon.
The permit allows Waste Management to exceed East Broadway’s weight limit of 80,000 lbs.
“The bottom line is that Waste Management could reduce these loads and just stick with the 80,000 lbs., but there would be two-and-a-half times as many trucks,” said Bacon. “They would be getting off Exit 198 and coming down 1.6 miles of Wales Road. Who wants 35 trucks? Whereas this permit is just for an additional 15 trucks and a half mile of our road. That’s more desirable.”
Council President Randy Kozina agreed, saying at a July 2 council meeting that he would prefer having larger trucks going down East Broadway than smaller trucks going down Wales Road.
Council can revisit the permit in six months, the length of the contract with Waste Management, said Councilman Dave Gallaher.
Northwood currently receives 22 cents per ton tipping fee, and a 23.75 cents per ton host fee from Evergreen. The company automatically deducts a monthly charge for unlimited garbage and recycling pickup for Northwood residents.
According to Northwood Finance Director Toby Schroyer, the city received approximately $136,000 from Evergreen last year, out of which $53,000 was deducted for garbage and recycling services. In 2006, the city received $156,000, with $51,000 deducted for garbage and recycling services, from the landfill.
“We’re seeing a bigger decrease this year,” he said. “It’s hard to gauge because the summer months are the busiest months. But it does seem to be down,” said Schroyer.
The company has been suffering due to the recession, said Bacon.
“They’re tonnage was up in June, but their volume in July was down 37 percent,” she said.
The company also has increased costs now that the Ohio Legislature hiked municipal solid waste disposal fees from $3.50 to $4.75 per ton. The fee increase will generate $16.9 million annually in revenue, out of which $13.5 million will go to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for regulatory purposes and $3.4 million will go to the Department of Natural Resources for the Soil and Water District Fund.