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The cost to pick up trash curbside is under review in Oak Harbor.

Republic’s three-year trash collection contract is coming up for renewal at the end of the year. But village officials must determine by September whether they will renew or opt for the one or two-year extensions. Otherwise, the contract must go to bid again.

The extension proposals have small increases built into the price to pick up bagged trash as well as increases of between 8 cents and 46 cents in the totes, recycling and senior categories.

“They are not huge but similar increases are also coming in the 2016 rates,” Interim Village Administrator Randy Genzman said.

The entire council voiced concern earlier this spring about the service.

Village crews collect brush and leaves through Oak Harbor. But according to councilman Jon Fickert, “We pay Republic to pick up the leaves and they don’t.”

And there doesn’t seem to be any real incentive to recycle, councilman Jim Seaman said. It costs an additional $3.20 a month for the optional recycling. He said that the village has a 10 to 15 percent recycling program use while Port Clinton boasts a 75 percent rate.

“They do that to capture costs to take it to an additional facility,” councilman Don Douglas explained, regarding the recycling option costs. “I’ve wrestled with that program too because there is no incentive to recycle.”

Douglas added that contract guidelines were so rigid in the last bidding round that everyone bowed out except for Republic.

And Genzman noted the village used to have several different operators picking up trash in the village but that it was streamlined to one.

“We have to do something. There was no competition in that last round,” Douglas said.

The trouble with the last contract is that the specifications were so detailed, Genzman said, pointing to a document several inches think, that few vendors could compete.

Council wanted to know why that happened. Genzman conceded he didn’t know. That contract was developed under the previous administrator’s guidance.

Over the past few months, Genzman has talked to other municipal leaders and trash vendors about their trash collection contracts and new services available.

He has condensed the former restrictive guidelines into a more reasonable package, he said.

Council will review those changes at the next meeting and consider its next move.

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