Council approves new trash contract

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — At their meeting Monday, the Tipp City council approved a new waste collection contract with a new company.

Council voted to sign a three-year contract with Rumpke, which submitted a lower bid than longtime service provider Waste Management.

“Over three years, a residential user will save $37.44 on a 96-gallon tote, $30.80 on a low volume (tote),” City Manager Tim Eggleston said. “Over the initial three years of the contract, the city as a whole will save $124,000.”

The contract includes the option to extend the contract by two years when the initial period ends.

It is similar to the city’s previous contract with Waste Management, Eggleston noted. It also includes alley pickup, which prompted Councilman John Kessler to vote no, citing concerns of damage done to property by the trucks.

Containers will be provided by Rumpke for the collection of solid waste, recyclables and yard waste. The monthly rental rate for a 96-gallon waste container will be $3; a 35- or 96-gallon recycling tote would be $2 per month.

“The only real change that residents will see is that now — and both bid the same — you will now have your yard waste picked up with your trash and you will be allowed to put out six additional bags of yard waste,” Eggleston said.

The maximum monthly rate for a residential user would be $20.93 per month, or $13.64 per month for a low volume plan.

Maximum monthly rates for residential dumpster collection are as follows: 1-yard container, $25; 2-yard container, $34; 3-yard container, $46; 4-yard container, $64; 6-yard container, $96; 8-yard container, $122; and the maximum monthly rate for a 3-yard compacting dumpster would be $129.

According to Assistant City Manager Brad Vath, the city has been served by Waste Management since the 1980s.

In other business, council also approved an advance of up to $150,000 from the general fund to the capital improvement for the engineering design work necessary for the North County Road 25-A widening project.

In addition, council also amended the annual operating budget to reflect from unanticipated events during the course of this fiscal year.

Council accepted contracts or agreements for two street construction projects, including a bid fromFinfrock Construction for the Weller Drive project at a cost of $124,000. The project will make a two-way street out of that roadway.

Council also approved an agreement with Carpenter Mary Transportation for the engineering design of the addition of a turn lane on County Road 25-A. The cost for the design work will be $242,461.

By Cecilia Fox

Reach Cecilia Fox at

Reach Cecilia Fox at