The town of Hope is considering another step to clean up junk and debris around the town with a proposal to adopt a town-wide trash service.
Town Manager J.T. Doane said that the town residents could save money on their trash bills if the town were to choose a single company to collect the refuse. And he said it would be a needed addition to the town's efforts to clean up the community.
The Town Council held a special meeting on March 7th, to gather community input and to present some details about a proposed trash service. Doane said the Town Council could act as soon as Tuesday night's meeting to sign the community up for townwide trash service.
Doane said that a survey of town residents indicated that just over half are already paying for a trash service. He said that 456 of the town's homes, or 56 percent, were signed up with a trash company.
A large percentage of the rest haul their own trash away, but there are also some homes who simply allow their trash to pile up. Several audience members spoke about neighbors who allowed the trash to accumulate behind sheds or stacked on the side of their houses. That is causing problems with rodents, wildlife and other vermin spreading throughout the community.
Tabatha Tallent, who organizes the annual cleanup days in Hope, said that some residents were bringing as many as eight truckloads of trash to the dumpsters. And those bags are frequently mice infested, she said.
Three companies already provide pickup service in the town and those three companies are also interested in providing the town with community-wide service Doane said -- Rumpke with offices in Columbus, CGS Services Inc. from Morristown and Bestway, which operates out of Greensburg. Those companies all provided estimates of between $11 and $16 a month, depending on the options the town might choose. For example, the town could determine how many trash bins to provide, whether to provide recycling or to add monthly large-item collections.
He said that would be a savings over individual bills, which are running more than $20 a month.
The bill would likely be added to residents' water and sewer bills, although Doane said they would also investigate whether it could be paid through property taxes.
Some residents who already pay for their own trash service said they were concerned about what would happen with their existing contract. Doane said the town was talking with the companies involved to have them agree to end contracts, should the town adopt a townwide service.