July 31, 2014

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Candidate takes a peek at trash plan

Potential successor to Foltin meets with Allied Waste to discuss ‘pay-as-you-throw’

NEW RUSSIA TWP. — Would-be Lorain Mayor John Romoser may have the power to stop a countywide “pay-as-you-throw” trash program if his fellow Republicans name him to replace outgoing Mayor Craig Foltin next month.
But he’s not sure if he’s going to veto the plan if the City Council gives its OK.
On Friday, Romoser, his wife and two other Republicans met with officials at Allied Waste, the city’s waste hauler and a supporter of the plan, to learn more about the system the company wants to implement in the city.
“We saw all this, took some notes and now we’re going to digest it,” he said.
The Lorain County Solid Waste Management District’s Policy Committee devised the plan, and it passed the pay-as-you-throw, or volume-based, system on Tuesday. But it won’t take effect until it wins the approval of Lorain, the county commissioners and 60 percent of the county’s municipalities.
Already, pay-as-you-throw has been implemented in LaGrange and LaGrange Township, where Allied officials say it has been a great success, but Romoser wants to talk to those using the carts to see how they like them.
“We’re going to visit LaGrange and talk to people who have this,” he said.
Solid Waste officials have acknowledged that the program, which they hope will encourage recycling by limiting the amount of trash residents can throw away every week, could be a hard sell in Lorain.
Foltin and Safety Service Director Mike Kobylka, another mayoral hopeful, both have been critical of the plan because they believe residents should be able to throw away as much trash as they want.
But the Democratic candidate for mayor, Councilman Tony Krasienko, D-at large, said he wants to learn more about the plan before Council votes on it.
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.