Mayor Doris Devey was the deciding vote at last week’s Hiram City Council meeting to adopt an ordinance which puts the city into a three-year contract with Waste Industries.
The vote was 2-2 with Post 3 Council Member Teresa Philyaw and Mayor Pro Tem Derrick Battle for the motion, and Post 1 Council Member Pep Rollins and Post 2 Council Member Kathy Bookout against. When there is a tie the mayor is the deciding vote.
“Things have to be uniform,” Devey said.
There have been six or seven different waste companies doing business in Hiram’s four-square-mile residential area, Devey said.
Devey said she has hauled her own trash off in the past.
“I haven’t had trash pickup for six or seven years,” she said.
Residents will receive trash pickup and recycling each month for $12.50 for curbside service, and $16.50 for backdoor “valet” service. Seniors 65 to 69 years old receive a rate of $10, and those 70 and older pay $8.
“If you have a medical condition that inhibits your ability to bring a 95-gallon container on wheels to the curb, the city will have a form you can complete that will allow you to have backdoor service at the curbside rate of $12.50,” according to a letter from City Manager Robbie Rokovitz.
Applications for service are scheduled to be sent out this week, and the trash cans are to be delivered to residents’ homes June 24 through 28.
Those under contract with another provider before the June 4 meeting will be allowed to complete their contracts.
Sarah Miller, a Hiram resident, apparently was the only one of three people not affiliated with a trash provider who spoke against the ordinance.
“I am totally against any increase in government control of what I do,” she said. “I see no reason for you to get involved with it.”
According to information from Hiram, “The city must provide certain services in order to be considered a qualified local government and be eligible for various sources of revenues from grants to sales tax such as the local option sales tax.”
Solid waste removal, water and public safety are the services the city provides to be qualified.
The service will only be required for residents and not businesses, Rokovitz said.