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Avon City Council votes to keep Republic Services

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AVON — City Council approved a new memorandum of understanding with Republic Services at a special meeting Monday night.

Through a lengthy exploration for options for a better deal for waste pickup services, city officials landed on keeping Republic, but changing the agreement.

Mayor Bryan Jensen said the city wanted to make sure they were getting the best deal for waste management with Republic Services, which had worked for the city for more than 40 years. In 2018, Council’s Finance Committee decided to join the Lorain County Solid Waste Recycling Consortium, a multicommunity competitive bidding process for trash and recycling hauling.

The city accepted bids from Rumpke, Republic and Kimble, exploring what options they could get. After months of discussion, the agreement was approved to make some changes for the city and its residents and keep Republic.

“We did our due diligence, and in the end, the answer was clear that we should stay with Republic,” said Council President Craig Witherspoon in a prepared news release after the meeting.

The agreement ensures many residents will save money on trash and recycling pickup and have no cost for pickup service at any city and public school facility for the next five years.

From May through April 2021, the agreement promises rates for households that use 96-gallon trash and 64-gallon recycling containers will get a decrease of about $10 per year. The rates for users of 64-gallon trash and recycling containers will be unchanged through April 2021. All rates will increase 3.5 percent May 1, 2021, but will stay the same through 2024.

The agreement also will move the collection day from Friday to Monday as well as promising Republic will work to address customer-service issues.

The agreement will have Republic drop $111,480 from the annual supplemental recycling fee currently paid for by the city, which saves $557,400 through the five years. City officials said the lowest bid for the service will cost many city residents from $20 to $80 per year.

“We thank the Lorain County Consortium for giving us the opportunity to explore other avenues of service,” Jensen said in a news release, “I’m sure they can appreciate what we need to do for our residents – we need to get them the lowest price possible for the same service, and that’s exactly what we accomplished.”

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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