LORAIN — A proposed new refuse contract looks hard to refuse.
The five -year pact with Republic Services Inc., would save customers about $45 per household annually in each of the first two years of the contract, Mayor Chase Ritenauer told members of the City Council’s Streets and Utilities Committee at their Monday meeting. Republic has roughly 22,000 Lorain customers with most customers paying $15 per month and $13.50 per month for those 65 and older.
The savings are a combined $1 million annually in each of the first two years of the contract. Rates rise in the next three years but remain below the current rate.
“It’s sizeable money citywide that’s going to be saved,” Ritenauer said after the meeting. “It was a very good bid we got back.”
The committee recommended the proposal be voted on by the full Council. A vote could come as early as the next Council meeting on Monday.
Rumpke Consolidated Services Inc., located in Colerain Township outside Cincinnati, was the only other bidder besides Republic, a national company that has been Lorain’s garbage collector since 1997. Kevin Sabo, Rumpke operations manager, told Council his company’s bid would cost customers about $6 more than Republic’s bid annually.
“It sounds like you guys have your minds made up,” Sabo said.
Sabo said an alternative bid from Rumpke, which would cost customers $7.20 more annually than the Republic bid, would provide recycling twice per month with 65-gallon carts for customers to place recycling in. Republic uses bags rather than carts and Ritenauer said Lorain’s recycling rate is far lower than surrounding communities.
Sabo said his company won’t have collection interruptions, an indirect reference to the April sympathy strike by local Republic workers in support of striking workers in Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville.
The Lorain County strikes occurred April 1 and the week of April 14 to 20.
Ritenauer previously said he and city workers collected 100 tons of trash on April 20 and April 21. Republic customers received a $3.50 credit for the interruption.
Dave Kidder, a Republic spokesman and area municipal services manager, said the last local strike was in 1978 and the new contract, which is close to being signed, contains a no-sympathy strike provision.
“That issue has been resolved,” Kidder said.