Trash haulers tell Mansfield City Council garbage pickup zones are a bad idea | News

MANSFIELD – Five garbage trucks operating in Mansfield told city council on Tuesday they are opposed to creating five garbage disposal zones that would allow one day a week to be picked up in one zone.

Shippers cited traffic / safety concerns, additional operating costs and changes for customers as the main reasons for rejecting the proposed change to the city’s waste disposal laws.

Hauliers who resisted the change were Garbage Guys Who Care, Rick Haynes Rubbish, Wrights Refuse Hauling, Trash Masters, and Rumpke Waste & Recycling.

The issue was discussed during a 30-minute meeting of the Public Utilities Committee and then briefly again during the Council meeting. It is scheduled for three readings during the Council meetings and a vote on the proposal would not take place until mid-April.

“I feel like we have a lot to talk about,” said Third Town Council member Jon Van Harlingen, sharing the concerns of hauliers about having multiple trucks on some of the city’s narrower streets at once.

“One of my main concerns is that this is being written by one of my fellow councilors. What is the position of the (city) administration? Where do they stand? Do they support it?

“If it’s passed, how is it enforced … Police Department? Codes and permits?” Van Harlingen asked, saying he was offering “food for thought” for future discussion.

Currently, the city has 15 registered private garbage transport companies, which results in garbage being picked up on the same street for several days. It also leads to a lack of enforcement as it is difficult to tell when a resident has planned to pick up their trash.

Council Chairman David Falquette told the council that the city has had litter problems for many years and that it had been consistently brought up by residents during the pre-election community meetings held by Richland Source in 2019.

He said the proposal had two goals. First, he said, it allows better enforcement of garbage laws through the city’s codes and allows the department by allowing workers to know when the garbage collection day is on a particular street.

Second, Falquette said, it would mean that trash would only be picked up in a neighborhood one day a week.

“We’re trying to make the city look cleaner and cleaner,” said Falquette. “It would be clear (who obeyed the law). It would be six days a week of silence. Six days a week no garbage trucks would drive up and down the (same) street.”

Richland Source authored a four-part series of stories on the city’s garbage and garbage problems in 2020 that looked at the problem from a variety of angles, including what other similar cities are doing.

The series was launched as part of the Citizens’ Agenda developed by Richland Source at city assemblies leading up to the November 2019 mayoral elections.

All of the freight forwarders who attended the Zoom meeting on Tuesday spoke out against the proposal, including Sarah Mathews, who represented Rumpke.

“I remember the Richland Source articles published last year talking about concerns (garbage and illegal dumping). We reached out to the solid waste district. We reached out to Mayor (Tim) Theaker about To find ways of enforcement that would not be possible. ” t do not require any change in regulations.

“We had a lot of great conversations. We are 100 percent behind (current) city guidelines, but we refuse to put collection zones through regulation,” she said, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping the talks on the topic slowed down.

Like other freight forwarders, Mathews said she was concerned about multiple trucks driving on the same road at the same time, especially in winter.

Rachel Haynes, who represented Rick Haynes Rubbish, asked when residents were responsible for complying with the city’s garbage laws contained in Section 745 of the city’s codified ordinances.

“What would happen here in the long term could be a disaster,” said Haynes. “We operate in a few areas outside the city limits. We have been family owned and operated for more than 60 years. We would have to change our entire itinerary to accommodate the flow of the city.”

Bill Wright of Wrights Refuse Hauling said Fridays that his company works nine to ten hours a day in the Bellville / Butler area.

“Where would I squeeze myself into Mansfield on a Friday?” he asked. “We’ve been in business in Mansfield for 60 years and we’ve set up our routes to be convenient and economical. Many of my customers will be upset if you change their pick-up days.”

Steve Cobb, owner of Garbage Guys Who Care, suggested that the council’s priorities are wrong to focus on garbage problems when there are still problems of systemic racism in the community.

Cobb said he had 14 employees, nine of whom were black and eight were convicted felons.

“My experience has given me an insightful look at our world through the eyes of people who don’t look like me,” Cobb said, adding that anyone who doesn’t see systemic racism in Mansfield as a problem “is either blind or not look. “

General Councilor Stephanie Zader said she heard the carriers offered to help find solutions.

“We as the Council are open to feedback (on the proposal),” she said. “Why don’t we take ideas from the hauliers on how we can improve the situation and maybe discuss them again?”

Also on Tuesday, City Council:

– Unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the state to provide COVID-19 vaccines to law enforcement officers. Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that officials could start vaccinating from Thursday, which would call the resolution into question.

Retired Mansfield Police Sgt. Mike Bammann, President of 32 FOP William J. Taylor Lodge, sent the council a letter requesting that the resolution be passed.

“Although the governor announced on March 1st that law enforcement would begin in Phase 1C and vaccination could begin on March 4th, we are still waiting to see if this actually happens,” wrote Bammann.

“The governor told law enforcement that they would be included on the vaccination schedule with all other first responders, but for reasons unknown, that didn’t happen until after yesterday’s announcement. I would ask the city council to keep pushing for the governor and the Ohio Department of Health until promises are kept and law enforcement finally gets the vaccine they were denied and deserved, “wrote Bammann.

– Unanimously decided to authorize the City Engineer’s Office to include retention provisions in contracts for the construction of public improvements. Retention is part of the agreed contract price that is withheld until the work is essentially completed to ensure that the contractor or subcontractor fulfills its obligations and completes a construction project.

– Unanimously decided to update the personnel positions, salary levels and salaries for certain employees in the City of Mansfield for the 2021 fiscal year.

– During the caucus, discussed a proposal to transfer US $ 84,000 from the city’s general fund to the community development fund to provide temporary resources for the West End target area. The repayment of the advance is estimated in the funds of the community development department for 2022, unless it is repaid earlier. On December 15, the council passed a resolution in support of the proposed West End Neighborhood Improvement Plan, a decision that would allow the city to enter into an engineering contract for advisory services related to the plan.

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