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  • North Canton Council: Republic makes waste contract counter pitch

  • Two waste companies battled for the North Canton municipal waste contract Monday night.

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  • A week after the Kimble Company argued that its bid for the city’s three-year municipal waste contract was better than Republic Services’, a Republic executive countered to council Monday night that his company’s bid was superior based on the specifications the city advertised.
    Terry Thompson, Republic’s area municipal market manager, said if North Canton had said in the bid specifications it wanted automated trash collection, Republic could have offered such a service at a lower price than the $11.94 per household per month Republic bid this month. And it would certainly be lower than the rate of $12.73 offered by Kimble.
    Last week, Kimble’s director of business development, Scott Walter, told council that while Kimble’s rate, which it currently charges North Canton residents, was higher than Republic’s, Kimble would offer automated collection. Kimble would provide residents with 95-gallon and 65-gallon containers compatible with its automated trucks fueled by compressed natural gas.
    However, Thompson suggested that Kimble did not meet the spirit of the bidding process by offering an entirely new feature not mentioned in the bid specifications. Thompson added that Republic too can collect Plastics No. 1 through 7 for recycling, which Walter last week touted as a key perk of Kimble’s service.
    “We can all do just about anything anyone else can do,” he said.
    Walter said Kimble would offer an estimated rebate of $27,000 to North Canton based on how many recyclables it collected from residents. But Thompson said if the city chose Republic’s bid, it would save more than $50,000 a year over Kimble’s bid, more than offsetting any potential rebate.
    “If we haven’t done everything necessary to win this contract now, what does it take?” Thompson asked. “My job is, ‘you tell me what you want. that’s what we’re going to do.’ ”
    Council President Jon Snyder, Ward 4, said several residents had called him, expressing concern how they would be able to fit Kimble’s large waste containers in their one-vehicle garages. Seniors wondered if they could push the containers up steep driveways. Snyder said council would make a decision on the contract during the next six weeks.
    Thompson later said that automated collection is only economically feasible if at least 90 percent of households in a community use the containers that work with the automated truck. Because if only half the community uses those containers, the driver will have to often get out of the cab of the truck to load trash into the truck, defeating the efficiencies of automated collection.
    Kimble has said the use of its large containers would not be mandatory.
    Keith Kimble, the owner of Kimble, also addressed council, saying by using the large containers, residents would save $1 million over three years on buying trash bags and their own containers.
    Page 2 of 2 - “They do tend to fit in garages better than multiple small cans that are lower,” he said.
    Resident Bernadette Genetin said she would want to use Kimble’s containers because they would save her trips to the curb.
    But resident Linda Beam said, “I have a one-car garage, and a large bin will not fit.”
    Other Actions
    • Approved soliciting bids for the state and privately-funded East Maple Streets improvement project at a cost not to exceed $2.05 million.
    • Approved increasing rental rates for half a Dogwood Park shelter to $100 from $75 and the full shelter rental rate to $175 from $150 and decreasing the Saturday rental rate for the Civic Center from $1,200 to $900.
    Residents Marilyn Davies and Susan Meadows asked council members to extend when Dogwood Pool is open beyond Memorial Day weekend and between June 1 and Aug. 19. They would like it open Labor Day weekend. Councilman Doug Foltz, Ward 1, said the reason is because many of the city’s lifeguards return to college after mid-August, but he said he would look to find a way to extend when the pool is open.
    Up Next Council will meet around 7 p.m. Monday for a work session at City Hall.

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