BEVERLY - On the heels of Marietta and Barlow Township, the village of Beverly has a new trash hauling agreement.
Before Wednesday night's vote, Beverly Village Council reviewed bids and heard brief presentations from three trash hauling companies that serve the area - Big "O", Rumpke and Kimble, which presented two bids.
Currently, 345 residential customers in Beverly pay $13.33 per month. Rumpke, the winning company, will charge $11.75 per month for those residential customers. Rumpke's contract covers three years.
Jeff Walt, a Big "O" representative, said he appreciates Beverly working so closely with his company.
"While we haven't been the perfect operation. ... we hope we will still serve the community well," Walt said.
The three companies presented the following bids for residential service:
Big "O" -$12.19 per month.
Rumpke - $11.75 per month.
Kimble (base bid) - $12.67.
Kimble (alternate bid) - $12.45.
Under the alternate bid, Kimble would provide a 95-gallon tote for each resident to allow the company to use its automated collection trucks, said Beverly Village Councilman G. Jay Arnold.
The three companies also presented bids for commercial pickup ranging from 1 to 8 yards of trash once per week as well as special haul charges and trash bins.
Rumpke was awarded the contract based on record of service in other communities and the service supplied to the village by the other bidders.
"Overall the low bid would be Big "O", but all the bids are less than we are currently paying," said Beverly Mayor Rex. O. Kenyon. "The problem I have especially with Big "O" is the (Muskingum Valley) nursing home has called me several times about the trash not being picked up. It was to be picked three times, but they weren't picked up at all.
The mayor said he told the company if they weren't down there to pick up the trash they would not be allowed to bid. They were down there at 8 p.m.
"The service was marginal at best," Kenyon said.
Tom Wallace, a representative from Rumpke, based in Wellston, said his company also was awarded the five-year contracts in Marietta and Barlow, based on impeccable service.
In other council business, the council approved the resignation of village police officer Scott Miller, 26, effective May 6, and the hiring of Officer Joshua Thrasher at $11.95 per hour.
Police Chief Mark Sams says he has a difficult time keeping officers because the village can't pay them what larger departments can..
"It's the wage issue," Sams said. "That's been the main reason why, and it's going to be an ongoing problem.
The young officers come fresh out of training academy, take jobs at smaller departments, get experience and move on, Sams said.
The department now has four full-time officers and one part-time officer.