Residents in Ravenna's Ward 1 are getting a second chance to have their unwanted items removed.
Conrad's Disposal will make a second round through the city's northwest quadrant on Aug. 24, after the community cleanup in Ward 4.
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Other scheduled days for the cleanup were not changed. Ward 3's is Saturday and Ward 2's was held Aug. 10.
The cleanup, traditionally held every May, was put on hold this year while the city investigated having a single hauler for all residents, which would have included a community cleanup. The single hauler program was scrapped, and the city put the cleanup out for bid. Five haulers picked up the bid specifications, but no company returned bids.
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Conrad's was the only bidder on the current program, agreeing to pick up items on four separate Saturdays in August. However, the news was announced in late July, too late to be included in the next round of water bills, and many residents were unaware that items would be picked up Aug. 3.
"We knew it was going to be a tight squeeze," Service Director Kelly Engelhart said.
Items should be set out no earlier than the Wednesday before the collection day in each ward.
The city's public service announcement also clarifies the boundaries for each ward. Ward 1 is north of Main Street and west of Chestnut, Ward 2 is north of Main Street and east of Chestnut, Ward 3 is south of Main Street and West of Chestnut and Ward 4 is south of Main Street and east of Chestnut.
"The majority of the calls we get are not complaints from people in Ward 1, but people asking 'What ward do I live in?'" she said.
The city is asking that items be small enough for two workers to handle, such as furniture, electronics, toys and carpet. Appliances should be in a separate pile, with the doors of freezers and refrigerators removed, and scrap metal should be placed in a pile with appliances. Small amounts of building materials will be accepted if they are contained to allow for easy handling.
Items that will not be accepted include chemicals of any kind, regular household garbage, tires, batteries, large quantities of construction material, bricks, blocks, concrete or railroad ties.
Usable items should be donated to a church that accepts them, the Salvation Army, the County Clothing Center, Goodwill, Portage Appliance or an appliance recycler.
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