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City provides Dumpsters for cleanup effort

A resident of the Fourth Ward utilizes the free dumpster provided by the city of Marietta administration and placed in the Peoples Bank overflow parking lot Monday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

Dumpster disposal in the Fourth Ward was such a hit last week that a third round of pickup at Gold Star Park and the Peoples Bank overflow lot between Gilman Avenue and Franklin continued Monday.

“It’s been a really positive reception for ‘All out, Roll out,'” said Mayor Josh Schlicher on Monday. “When we’re done in the fourth ward we’ll have hauled away 180 cubic yards of waste between six dumpsters.”

The dumpster at the lower west side lot was overflowing as of Monday afternoon, which the mayor noted was due to scheduling conflicts with Rumpke for removal.

“The lower west side was supposed to be changed today, but hopefully will be done (Tuesday),” he said. “But it’s also that season where all of the construction crews and contractors also want them for their projects.”

But the city administration has also had the opportunity to learn and adjust from the initial two dumpsters planned for cleanup and free use by citizens to get rid of junk, furniture and other trash that if not removed promptly can lead to unsafe or unsanitary living conditions and blight troubling neighbors.

“We may try to add back-to-back dumpsters at the site if we can get them from Rumpke and we’ve also thought about coordinating a curbside pickup in the wards to remove things that people can’t haul themselves to the dumpster,” said Schlicher. “I know we got a call to help with a couple and I know Geoff (Schenkel, fourth ward councilman) also helped another person get their things hauled.”

Third Ward Councilman Bill Gossett, who also owns a business downtown in the Second Ward, said he’s kept an eye on the reception of the dumpsters and the overall maintenance and repair goals of the ‘All out, Roll out’ campaign and already has plans for suggestions within his domains.

“I think the places for dumpsters to go that would be good for covering both ends of the wards would be Jackson Park and on the other side somewhere in Indian Acres by the boat ramp,” said Gossett. “Plus, I’ve already been driving around my ward and have been building a list of spots where there are curbs blown out, noting issues on Montgomery Street where yellow curbing needs repainted and I’ve been making a list of potholes that need gravel and to be sealed.”

Gossett said in addition to the maintenance work initiated by city crews, he’s been encouraged to see the resident participation in Schenkel’s Fourth Ward and hopes such participation continues in his, the First and Second wards.

“Plus, I sent an email to Paul Bertram last week about the epidemic of junk cars all over the city that are also blight and I’m asking how we as council can add teeth to legislation to motivate people to do something about those,” said Gossett.

Downtown, where his cobbler business is located on Second Street, Gossett said a location for dumpster placement is more nuanced.

“Maybe if there’s space in the unused parking lot on Butler and Second, or if (the city administration) could get use of the New Weihl Shop lot,” said Gossett. “And maybe for the other underneath the Williamstown Bridge would be a good spot. You have to have it somewhere where people can get in and out easily but also where other cars or businesses wouldn’t be (negatively) impacted.”

Schlicher said the cost per dumpster, which is owned and hauled by Rumpke, is approximately $496, so the total cost to remove between four and six dumpsters per ward will range between $10,000 and $12,000.

“But we’ve also used some of our labor to smash those down to make best use of that space and compact the bulky stuff and get the most bang for our buck,” said the mayor.

Schlicher noted that locations for the remaining wards have not yet been determined with the First Ward planned for the week of July 13-17, Third Ward planned for the week of July 27-31 and Second Ward planned for Aug. 10-14.

“We’re going to pay (for the dumpsters) out of our slum and blight city fund, we’re leaving (federal Community Development Block Grant) money alone for other demolition this year,” said Schlicher. “Our separate fund we’ll use to help with those day-to-day blight problems.”

Council initially set up the separate slum and blight funds in the last two-year term to provide funding for title search work to remove dilapidated housing that has been condemned, the funds went unused.

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