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Mount Vernon, Ohio, Commission Drops Preferred Trash Hauler Idea

Commissioners instead suggested reviewing and tightening the city’s ordinance relating to trash haulers.

After meeting with permitted city haulers that demonstrated why choosing a preferred trash hauler would hurt prices and service, the Mount Vernon, Ohio, Utilities Commission officially nixed the idea of considering a preferred trash hauler during its meeting on June 24.

Instead, according to a KnoxPages report, the commission’s chairman suggested city officials refer to the city ordinance that relates to waste haulers and reach out to administration officials about tightening the current code. Suggestions to tighten the ordinance include requirements regarding leakage and an increase in fees.

In addition, councilmen expressed concerns about the roughly 1,500 households that do not have trash removal. One councilman recommended the ordinance include a fine if a resident cannot show proof of trash removal, according to the report.

KnoxPages has more details:

Following Monday night's meeting of the city's Utilities Committee, the idea of a preferred trash hauler provider is officially off the table.

Councilman and Committee Chairman Chris Menapace said that in a meeting with the city's permitted trash haulers last week, the haulers gave their opinion, understood what council was trying to do, and showed how a preferred hauler was actually going to hurt prices and service.

“I think when you look at what we really want to do … I think the direction we should go is to support city administration taking a peek at 755,” he said.

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