Perrysburg automated refuse service funded
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 10:35
PERRYSBURG - The city's forthcoming automated refuse service got some financial backing Tuesday.
Council voted unanimously to approve $1.5 million in notes in anticipation of the issuance of bonds to pay for the city's eight automated refuse vehicles and 14,100 trash and recycling toters.
"The notes come due in November," said Mayor Nelson Evans. "The plan is to pay it off."
The service, expected to be rolled out the week of April 22 - Earth Day - will distribute a recycling and trash toter to each household in the city. The automation of the collection is expected to save more than $300,000 annually, much of it from decreased workers' compensation claims and a reduction in refuse collection staff. No employees will be let go - the reductions are to come from attrition.
In other business:
• Ian Dunn, the city's software specialist, made a presentation to council on the city's Geographic Information System, or GIS. The system has a wide variety of uses for departments throughout the city, enabling a wide variety of data analysis and display.
• City resident Denny Barrett presented tiny trophies to council to demonstrate his approval of a brief, 12-minute council meeting which took place on Feb. 19.
"You broke the record," he joked.
Council voted on a slate of 12 further ordinances Tuesday night including:
• Approval of a $25 right-of-way lease for the O-Deer Diner, 416 Louisiana Ave., for seating space.
• Renewal of the city's relationship with the Wood County Public Defender at a cost of $100 per case.
• Approval of a $35,466 contract with Wolfe Roofing for repairs at the Municipal Building.
• Purchase of road salt from Detroit Salt at a per-ton cost of $41.90. The city is contractually obligated to purchase at least 1,360 tons per year.
• Purchase of a Ford F350 truck for the Parks Bureau from Brondes Ford for $27,320, and purchase of a Ford F550 truck and chassis from Valley Ford for $40,091.50 for the Public Utilities department. A truck body, compressor and generator was also purchased, at $36,720, for the latter truck.
• Amendments to ordinances enacting changes to the compensation and health insurance provisions for part-time employees. The changes simply separate seasonal and non-seasonal part-time employees, without making changes in listed pay or benefits. Councilman Tom Mackin abstained from voting on the measures because his son is a summer worker for the parks.
• Authorization of a $29,898 agreement with Buckeye Pumps Inc. to rehabilitate the Perry's Common lift station, a part of the city's sanitary sewer infrastructure.
• Renewal of the city's agreement with Modern Disposal for removal of residents' yard waste at a cost of $2.13 per unit.
• Approval of a $60,000 change order with Underground Utilities Inc. for additional water main replacement and roadway restoration work in the Cherry Street Sewer Separation District 209.