Marietta sticks with Rumpke for waste hauling

Rumpke waste and recycling services will continue to provide residential and commercial waste hauling services for the city of Marietta over the next five years, according to a recommendation by the city administration Tuesday.

City safety-service director Jonathan Hupp told members of city council’s special utilities committee that Cincinnati-based Rumpke, the city’s current contractor, and Cardinal Waste Services of Bowerston, were the two low bidders for the 5-year contract.

“Rumpke’s bid provided savings for both our residential and commercial customers, while Cardinal’s bid provided substantial savings for commercial customers,” Hupp said.

Rumpke’s bid had a total price tag of $1.04 million annually for basic commercial service and $345,600 annually for basic residential service.

Cardinal turned in a bid of $881,196 annually to provide basic commercial service, and $405,120 a year for basic residential.

Hupp noted that Mayor Joe Matthews had asked for public guidance on which company the administration should recommend.

“At the end of 10 days we had about 16 folks comment on behalf of Rumpke who said they were satisfied with their service,” Hupp said. “There were also two dissents from people who were not in favor of any other service, but said they were unhappy with Rumpke.”

Matthews said he had received no calls from anyone identifying themselves as a commercial business in reference to the trash hauling services.

But Councilman Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward, said he had heard from two commercial entities that were supportive of continued service from Rumpke.

“So we’re going to recommend Rumpke as the company will provide good savings for both residential and commercial services,” Hupp said.

No council action is required for approval of the contract which begins July 1.

In other business Tuesday city engineer Joe Tucker requested $30,000 to cover change orders for the Armory Square roof repair project-the second phase of renovations to the National Guard Armory building on Front Street.

“We really need $21,000 to complete the two change orders we currently have, but we keep finding hidden conditions in the roof that we didn’t expect, so we’re asking for $30,000,” Tucker said.

He recommended the funding be taken out of the city’s capital improvement account.

“My question is, how are we going to repay that money back into the account?” asked Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward.

Councilman Harley Noland, D-at large, noted fundraising efforts are under way by the nonprofit Armory Square, Inc., group. He said the same group had previously raised $90,000 toward the armory project, and could probably raise enough funds to cover the requested $30,000.

Also on Tuesday Teresa Hayes, who spearheaded the movement to establish the 2-acre dog park facility at Jackson Hill Park, reported that more improvements were being sought for the park.

“We’ll be consulting with the Marietta Tree Commission about planting some trees in that area, and we’ll be bringing in drinking fountains for both people and their dogs,” she said, but added the waterline design for the fountains had not been determined as yet.

Hayes said supporters of the dog park were also interested in having restroom facilities at the park.

She noted the possibility of using one of the existing restrooms at the former Jackson Park Pool building that’s located near the dog park.

But Mayor Matthews said that building may be needed to house the city’s public facilities department offices.

Those offices are currently located in the city-owned building at 308 Putnam St., but Matthews said that facility is to be sold, which would leave public facilities without a home.

“The fire department also wants to use the fenced-in former pool area for fire training,” Matthews said. “That building would not be open to the general public.”

Hayes said she was surprised to hear that the city is planning to put offices in the former pool building as she and others had believed the Jackson Hill facilities would be restored to a public park.

Noland said he, too, was surprised at the news.

But Matthews said the administration could find no other area that would be suitable for the public facilities department and fire training center.