Herald Staff Writer
Barberton City Council heard from each of the companies that went out to bid to provide trash and recycle pick up services; Republic Services and Kimble Recycling and Disposal.
Representatives from both companies shared their services for all of council during the Committee of the Whole Meeting.
Both companies said they could offer unlimited trash pickup, their drivers will get out of trucks to get bins for residents who cannot put them on the curb and updated technology will improve or enhance their services.
Don Johnson, business development manager at Kimble, said each city they contract with has a profile for the drivers and call centers so they know what the guidelines of the contract are.
Johnson said all their trucks have computer systems with maps and addresses of each house so if a resident calls in, they can see their profile and any previous complaints. Permanent notes can be assigned to each address and viewed by drivers like if bins are at the side of the house instead of on the curb. Their service would cost $19 per month this year and would increase gradually to $20.86 by 2022.
Next council members had questions for Republic. Area Municipal Services Manager Terry Thompson said they appreciate servicing Barberton for the last five years see a new contract as an opportunity to improve. The city has two options, limited service for a monthly cost of $16.75 this year and $18.49 by 2022 and for unlimited it would cost $18.75 this year and $20.94 by 2022. The city’s current rate with Republic is $16.25.
Thompson said they will be using a map-based system but it will not include individual addresses but that is something they are looking at for the future.
They said that customers will be able to use a mobile app to skip the step of calling into the center and having to wait to talk with someone.
“I think that and the route based system will really clean up some of what I understand to be some of the service issues and provide people other tools to communicate and get their problems resolved,” said Thompson.
Republic would assign a supervisor to each municipality’s contract for continuous communication. In addition, Republic will offer a mobile app to customers to skip the step of calling into the center and having to wait to talk with someone.
Carla Debevec, councilwoman at-large, said, “What is our assurance that these problems are going to be solved?” She informed them that her trash is frequently left since she lives where people park on the street and block her bins. They said that the map-based system will allow them to pinpoint where there are recurring issues.
Debevec said they are asking her and the residents to trust something they have had bad service with for several years.
In other business, council discussed allowing the Planning Department to use $30,000 to make improvements the old Burger King building, 101 E. Tuscarawas Ave., to prepare it for a new business to move in. Director of Planning and Community Development Joseph Stefan said this money will be used to take out walls that do not serve as supports, take out the drive through windows and more. He said there is interest in the property.
Council also talked about using $9,250 for the abatement and demolition of 255 Glenn St., a condemned house. This and other legislation will be voted on in an upcoming meeting.