GAMBIER — Last week, as Village of Gambier Councilor Betsy Heer put it, some village residents received postcards from Republic Waste informing them that trash pickup day would be on Fridays from now on, instead of Wednesdays. But there were also numerous residents who did not receive the postcards, Heer added during Monday’s council meeting, while remarking, “they seem to have a lot of trouble remembering a lot of people (who live) in the village.”
Although the city’s waste hauling contract with Republic Waste specifies trash pick-up on Wednesday, Mayor Kachen Kimmell said the change will proceed — this week, in fact. Before the meeting, she pointed to the reason for the change.
“We are sympathetic to their problem, which is (not) having enough drivers.” Republic Waste did not send a representative to Monday’s meeting.
Kimmell also noted that the multi-year waste-hauling contract is up for renewal in March of 2019, so there will be an opportunity to revisit collection schedules then. For now, it will be on Fridays. Interim Village Administrator Dave Martin noted in his report that during weeks with holidays, the pickup would still be Friday — unless the holiday falls on a Friday, in which case pickup will be Saturday.
Heer said it might be worth examining the possibility of recycling pick-up — now on Thursdays — to be on Fridays as well.
In other matters, the Gambier councilors:
•Approved 5-0 a renewed natural gas aggregation agreement for two years beginning Jan. 1, 2019 between the village and Constellation NewEnergy Gas Division, LLC, at a fixed rate of $0.441 Ccf, a volume of measure contained in a space equal to 100 cublc feet. Councilors, Mayor Kimmell and village Solicitor Clinton Bailey commended Constellation NewEnergy representative Marc Hollinger of Aspen Energy Corp., in Dublin for securing a highly competitive fixed gas rate lower than their current rate of $0.450 Ccf. Hollinger will next pursue an electric aggregation rate for the village. Councilor Juan Pastor expressed concern that Hollinger presented the agreement to councilors without their having time to review it. Hollinger later responded that he was “trying to slow play it for the best rate.”
•Heard from Mayor Kimmell that 13 applicants have applied so far to be the next full-time village administrator, with applicants from as far away as Vermont. The deadline for applications is Nov. 16.
•Approved 5-0 an expenditure for asbestos inspection at Gambier Community Center, the building that houses village offices, at a cost of $1,900 with authorization for work amounting to $2,500. The building, built in 1956, was formerly an elementary school.
•Approved 5-0 an expenditure of up to $2,500 to Metker’s Mulch, Topsoil and Stone for yard waste grinding services at the maintenance barn, with mulch that will be used in part to beef up the trail in South Park.
•Heard a report from Mayor Kimmell that a proposed fire services contract between Monroe Township and College Township has been impacted by Monroe’s insistence on several “non-starter” terms — including that College Township trustees pressure the village into assessing a .75 percent income tax to help fund the College Township Fire Department. Kimmell said the proposed tax would be a double tax on village citizens and is untenable.