The Genoa Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a cost-sharing agreement with Liberty and Orange townships for trash removal at its meeting Thursday.
“All three agreed to bid out. We’re going out to bid together,” said administrator Paul Wise. “We (Genoa) have 26,000 subscribers in a 21-square-mile area.”
Genoa currently has a contract with Rumpke Trash Service, which expires on Jan. 31, 2018.
“It’s hard to believe it takes 75 pages to figure out how to pick up trash,” said trustee Frank Dantonio.
After passage of joint waste bid resolutions and the cost-sharing agreement, the trustees discussed other options on trash removal and the bidding process. They agreed that going with the “lowest and best bid” was preferable to simply the lowest bid. Otherwise, they joked, they would end up picking the fictitious firm “Tom and his pickup.”
Liberty and Orange are expected to make similar decisions in meetings next week, with bids received in July.
“Let’s get the process going. I’m concerned about going out on our own,” said trustee Karl Gebhardt.
The nearly 90-minute meeting began with a question from a citizen about an area around Mount Royal Road and Old 3C Highway. In response, Director of Development and Zoning Joe Shafer said Romanelli & Hughes owns the three parcels of land, but they were not expected to be high-density condominiums, apartments or a town center.
“The recommendation is for residential,” Shafer said. “It could be single-family homes.”
Shafer said that once an application is received, a public hearing would take place regarding the parcels. He said if anyone had any questions about property in the township, to contact him instead of reading hearsay on social media.
In other business, the trustees:
• Heard a report from Fire Department Chief Gary Honeycutt about recovering the body of a kayaker from Alum Creek Reservoir after a Memorial Day mishap. He said winds capsized the township’s rescue boat while they were looking for the body. “Everyone is fine,” Honeycutt said. “We’re trying to figure out exactly what happened.
• Approved the police policy manual, although it was not completed. Also approved was a handbook for boards, commissions and committees. “It is very important to identify us as Genoa Township,” said trustee Connie Goodman, citing other instances of the name Genoa, including a local pharmacy and its Italian namesake.
• Failed to approve a new policy for purchases exceeding $10,000.
• Were told there were six candidates for zoning department secretary, and that person would be introduced at a future meeting.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.