Trash collection contract OK’d

By Cecilia Fox

TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Council approved the extension of the city’s refuse collection contract with Waste Management at their meeting Monday night.

“We have one more year left in which to have Waste Management give us a price,” city manager Tim Eggleston said. The original four year contract included three one-year extensions. The city will need to bid again next year for refuse and recycling services for 2017.

The standard collection rate will increase by 61 cents and the low volume rate increase from $13.15 to $13.56. The tipping fee was reduced earlier this year to 39 cents.

To reflect the rate changes, council also passed an ordinance updating the city’s code pertaining to municipal billing.

Council also passed an ordinance concerning the 2014 sidewalk assessment program. This ordinance is passed after the completion of each sidewalk assessment project — which includes the construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and driveway approaches — in order for the unpaid balances to be placed on the tax duplicate.

Property owners will be sent an invoice and can pay the full amount within 30 days or pay the cost over 10 annual installments at 3.5 percent interest.

In other business, council heard the first reading of an ordinance concerning the rezoning of the Gulf/Starfire property at 3311 South County Road 25A. At their July meeting, council set a public hearing for Aug. 17.

By Cecilia Fox