Should where you live in Mansfield determine when trash is picked up?

MANSFIELD – Should where you live determine when your rubbish is picked up?

A bill before the city council would do just that, dividing Mansfield into five collection zones, each with its own pickup day.

Currently, private hauliers set their own routes, which means that “Garbage Day” can take place several times a week on the same road.

“This current system allows every day of the week to be a garbage collection day somewhere on every street, which creates a constant mess of the city,” said the bill approved by Fifth Ward City Councilor Jason Lawrence , was sponsored.

David Falquette, president of the council, said at the council meeting on Tuesday evening that collection zones would reduce the amount of trash lying on curbs.

It would also allow the city’s codes and permitting departments to determine when residents violate city law that mandates garbage or containers and cannot be on the side of the road for more than 24 hours.

“If every garbage goes out the same day, it’s all off the road the same day, there is silence six days a week, there are no trash cans six days a week,” Falquette said.

The Council will examine the bill at least three more times. The final vote is scheduled for April 20th. (The proposal would have no impact on commercial, industrial, or apartment buildings that use large dumpsters.)

Several owners of local garbage haulage companies were invited to Tuesday’s council meeting held through Zoom.

Most said they would abide by the new rules but strongly oppose it.

A single zone pickup day would create congestion, traffic and confusion for customers, they argued.

“We have had most of our clients for 20 years,” said Mike Boyd, owner of Trash Masters. “You’re used to the same day.”

Bill Wright, who owns Wright’s Refuse, said he had a 10-hour route that covers Butler and Bellville on Fridays.

“Where would I take a Friday route on a 10 hour day that I already have in Mansfield?” he asked.

Steve Cobb of Garbage Guys Who Care suggested that trucking companies share the codes and the approvals department when their trucks are on a particular street.

“I hardly change my routes,” he said. “There are simpler solutions that do not cause complications than described.”

“We just feel like the trash in the city … at some point is the consumer responsible for their trash and pick-up times on the day of collection so that the trash doesn’t stay outside for days,” added Rachel Haynes of Rick Haynes trash.

City officials, including Mayor Tim Theaker, did not debit the bill on Tuesday.

Third Ward councilor Jon Van Harlingen expressed concern about traffic.

“I worry that all of these trucks are in the same neighborhood at the same time,” he said.

Read the bill in full below:

In other news, advice:

• Unanimously passed a resolution calling on Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health to involve law enforcement officers in Phase 1B of the state vaccine roll-out. Police officers included in Phase 1C will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday, DeWine announced on Monday. The resolution was removed from the Council’s agenda when it was drafted ahead of Monday’s announcement. However, his co-sponsor, At-Large Councilman Phil Scott, suggested putting the resolution back on the agenda.

• Considering $ 84,000 for West End Target Area. In December, the council unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming its support for a plan to beautify the area bounded by Marion Avenue, Park Avenue West, South Main Street and Glessner Avenue. A final vote on the advance payment is scheduled for March 16.

• Looks at the final budget for 2021, which was discussed during a meeting of the finance committee on Monday. A final vote is scheduled for March 16.

More:The Council reaffirms its support for the West End Neighborhood Plan

More:Mansfield Finance Director: Costs are growing faster than revenues

• Unanimously passed laws raising wage caps for non-negotiating city workers if the city wants to give them a 2% increase this year. The increases will depend on revenues and funds in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, city officials said.

• Legislation passed unanimously authorizing the city engineer to “establish contract retention conditions for the construction of public improvements”.

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