MW begins new trash collection schedule

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By Mary Barczak

 MOUNT WASHIGTON - Local officials hope a new adjustment to their trash pickup will help alleviate traffic problems on Highway 44.

Mayor Joetta Calhoun told the Mount Washington City Council recently that one bide had been received.

Rumpke, the current city hauler, submitted the lone bid.

However, the rates have gone up.

Laurie Probus, a representative from Rumpke, told the council the franchise fee has increased the cost.

Residents can expect to see an $2.70 increase on their monthly trash/recycling bill starting July 1.

This is the first time Rumpke has raised their rates for MW since 2008.

She also mentioned they added in the cost of extra dumpsters for the spring and fall cleanups instead of sending a separate bill afterwards.

Calhoun said the city spent about $8,000 last year on cleanup efforts with an additional non-regular cleanup.

“That’s good that means there is a need in the community and people are using it,” she said.

Calhoun said other items they asked Rumpke to change included taking care of the trash within four days and only collecting during certain times as to not stall traffic on Highway 44.

“We had several complaints throughout the year,” she said.

They requested collection times not occur between the hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. coinciding with school traffic.

Probus said they have come up with some alternative driving routes for the trucks to help.

The council unanimously approved the bid. 

The city council will meet again on Monday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.