Commissioners OK needle collection contract

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — At their meeting Tuesday, the Miami County Commissioners signed a contract for needle disposal, certified county mileage and approved the purchase of a new vehicle.

The commissioners signed a contract for the pick-up and disposal of sharps needles with Accu-Medical Waste Service of Marietta, Ohio.

Pick up locations include the Miami County Sanitary Engineering Department, 2200 N. County Road 25-A, Troy; Miami County Public Health, 510 W. Water St. Suite 130, Troy; Tipp City Police Department, 260 S. Garber Drive, Tipp City; and the Piqua Police Department, 100 N. Wayne St., Piqua.

Solid Waste Coordinator Lauren Karch said that the Sanitary Engineering Department sees the highest volume of sharps disposal, since the Miami Cunty Sheriff’s Office refers people to that location. The sheriff’s pffice does not have a disposal location, as there is no convenient place for the receptacle, she added.

The collection cost per container is $25, for both 30 gallon and 15 gallon containers. The total cost for 2017 is not to exceed $500.

The board also signed the 2016 county highway system mileage certification. The mileage of county maintained roadways decreased by less than a mile last year, due to multiple transfers.

There is currently a total of 423.5 miles of county maintained roads. Annexations to Tipp City and Troy decreased that mileage by about .57 miles, as well as the transfer of about 1 mile of Gearhardt Road to Elizabeth Township. The county picked up about a .8 mile portion of Dayton-Brandt Road.

The county’s mileage has to be certified to the state on an annual basis, which helps determine some funding, County Engineer Paul Huelskamp explained.

The commissioners approved the purchase of a new dump truck for the Facilities and Operations department. The 2017 Chevrolet 1-ton dump bed and truck will be purchased from Jeff Wyler Chevrolet in Springfield at a cost of $35,075.

The board also authorized a $20,000 grant from the Transfer Station fund to the municipal court’s community service litter control program. The program provides litter clean up along routes leading to the transfer station, as well as other roads in the county.

They also recognized two Board of Zoning Appeals members for their years of service on the board. Lowell Sloan has served on the board for 11 years and Sam Spano for nine years.

By Cecilia Fox

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