LIMA — Lima City councilors approved a new contract for trash pickup at Monday's council meeting.
Based on a recommendation from the Utilities Committee, the council accepted the bid of Allen County Refuse.
The new average calculated payment for residents will be $14.76 per unit per month, a drop of 20 cents per month on the current contract with Allied Services.
Tebben said he was happy with the bid.
The seven-year contract will more than double ACRs current base of 10,000 pickups. The city of Lima has about 12,000 pickups.
Sheely said the chief complaint was with wind blowing materials across neighborhoods, so customers will potentially have the choice to upgrade from 35 gallon to 65 gallon containers at no additional costs.
ACRs bid was 24 percent and 67 percent lower than the other two bids from Republic Services and Waste Management.
The contract will begin Dec. 1 and end Nov. 30, 2021.
The cost to Lima residents could be reduced because of the savings. Currently, residents pay $20.25 per unit per month.
The one concern of councilors will be addressed in contract language. Councilors want to make sure the same level of service is maintained.
“Allied provided superb service for five years and they have established a very high level of expectancy,” said Mayor David Berger. “We also want the community to know we will make sure we get the same levels of service.”
City Solicitor Andy Geiger said the level of service expected can be addressed in the contract so the council has an administrative tool to address concerns that may arise.
The contract more than doubles the size of customers served for Allen County Refuse. Currently serving 10,000 customers, the Lima contract will include another 11,500 customers.
ACR General Manager Dan Mathias said the company is more than ready to address customer needs.
“Five years ago we weren't ready because we didn't have a transfer station EPA license,” Mathias said. “However, with other companies we also have in the area, we can keep costs down by combining the strengths of those other businesses.”
Mathias said the company had worked itself up to bidding for the job and taking on the challenge.
“We worked up slow,” Mathias said. “We got Delphos, Elida and Spencerville. We prepared ourselves.”
Mathias said the contract will add about 10 employees to the company for picking up trash.