Walbridge Village Council has heard the first reading of a new refuse collection contract that will - if approved – replace a 20-year contract with Waste Management of Ohio that ends March 13.
Under the proposed agreement with Waste Management, collection rates will be $10.25 a month per residence for refuse and recycling services. Prices for those services will increase by 3 percent annually.
There is also a monthly fee of $3 for a 96-gallon refuse cart and $2.50 for a 64-gallon recycling cart. Recycling and refuse carts will be leased directly to residents.
The cost to residents, however, will be partially offset by a payment from the village to Waste Management of $20,846 a year, which will reduce residents’ out-of-pocket costs by $1.85 a month.
Waste Management will be responsible for billing and plans to pro-rate the bill for March and include service for April to June.
Subsequent bills will be sent quarterly.
Waste Management is reserving the right to discontinue service to residents deemed delinquent in payments but is required to update the village on the number of delinquencies.
The company submitted a few options for collection service. The option awaiting approval by council calls for weekly curbside collections of refuse and every-other-week collection of recyclables.
Collection days are to remain unchanged.
A house count figure will be verified prior to the start of the new contract to establish a baseline count for billing purposes, according to the agreement.
According to the village administration, the village had recently been paying approximately $20,520 annually for the service for 904 households – about $1.89 per household.
As the village prepared to seek bids for a new contract, Mayor Dan Wilczynski warned residents in the village August, 2010 newsletter to brace for an increase in collection rates, citing figures from neighboring communities.
The expiring contract went into effect in February, 1992 and the village agreed to pay $9,999 for collection service the first year and subsequent years were based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.
In November, 1991, Joann Schiavone, a former member of council, led an effort by village officials to have a host fee imposed on refuse dumped at the Evergreen Landfill operated by Waste Management.
The fee, which went into effect in 1993, has generated approximately $113,526 through 2010 for the village, according to village figures crunched recently by Schiavone.
Since 1992, the village has paid $260,507 to Waste Management, resulting in a net amount of $146,981 being expended by the village for the service when the host fee is factored in, she said, for an average of $7,735 a year.