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Mantua to rebid rubbish contracts

By Matthew Merchant | staff writer Published: September 21, 2016 4:00 AM

Mantua Village residents could soon see a change in garbage and recycling contractors.

Village Council on Tuesday approved a newly reorganized bid packet for curbside rubbish and recycling services within the village.

Currently the village contracts with Kimble for both trash and recycling services, which have caused some problems with pickup times in both Mantua and other villages in Northern Portage County.

New contracts would be for a period of five years and will include both garbage and recyclables collection, though commerical property owners can choose to go with an outside service. Residents must pay for the services of the winning contractor whether they use the service or not.

Several council members expressed the desire to maintain recyclables in the package, as residents have favored that service over regular garbage collection with the inclusion of single-stream services.

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Council also approved an ordinance banning collections before 7 a.m., something several residents and council members have complained about.

The new bid packet includes new application bid bond amounts, increased from $2,000 to $2,500, and increased performance bond requirements for the contractor that is approved for the job. That amount doubled, from $50,000 to $100,000.

As with a standard bid packet for contracting services, all companies that apply for the contract are required to provide adequate and clean vehicles to perform the refuse collection. Included in that requirement is that the company will be responsible for any and all spills and drainage, a problem that some customers in the village have complained about in the past.

Council added into the bid package the a clause that could cause issue with bidders: "the contractor shall provide continuous, non-stop service to all delinquent and/or past due residential unit accounts." That means even if a customers doesn't pay a bill to the contractor, the company cannot suspend service to that household.

Bids will include both options for contractors with a fuel surcharge and without, which could add additional costs based on the vehicle load size.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1127 or mmerchant@recordpub.com

Twitter: @MattMerchantRC

A previous version of this story incorrectly said residents could choose an outside service provider. The story has been changed to correctly say only commercial property owners can do so and residents are required to pay into the winning bidder's services.


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