By Michael Roknick
Herald Business Editor
Sharpsville Borough Manager Ken Robertson finds himself talking trash to town residents.
He's not being mean. Rather, it's because effective this week the borough is getting a new trash hauler.
At its Aug. 14 council meeting Sharpsville council awarded a new three-year contract for the town's trash hauling to Tri-County Industries. The community had been using Republic Services/Allied Waste for years. Allied's contract with Sharpsville expired Aug. 31 but both companies submitted bids to land the new contract.
ÒIt was all a matter of raw numbers, Robertson said of cost terms for awarding the new contract.
Tri-County was the low bidder for the overwhelming majority of residents, Robertson said. Residential customers paying for bulk trash hauling services will see their quarterly bills remain at $40. The 1,600 residents signing up for bulk services is for unlimited trash within acceptable guidelines which also includes recycling services.
Sharpsville probably gets a better deal for this service than neighboring communities as Sharpsville residents are required to furnish their own toter, Robertson said.
There are 49 town residents who will see a sharp jump in their rates. Instead of unlimited trash hauling these residents signed up for just garbage bag services. Their rate will rise to $35 a quarter from the previous $20.
Under the new contract Tri-County will mail out the sleeve of bags to residents with a sticker that is applied to the top of the bag. Previously, the borough doled out the bags. Customers may use their 30-gallon Allied trash bags as long as the Tri-County stickers are on them.
"They can use any 30-gallon trash bag, but it can't be any more than 30 gallons," Robertson said. The borough will continue doing the billing, he added.
Pickup day in the borough will continue to be on Fridays. However, since this week had a holiday, Labor Day, the pickup be Saturday.
Sharpsville was among the communities in April that were affected by a strike that hit AlliedÕ\'s landfill in Lowellville, Ohio. Residents saw their trash pickup delayed for multiple days and longer due to the strike.
There were further problems in recent months with Allied.
ÒThere were some challenges with their staffing in the last few months and there were a number of residents who got missed each week," Robertson said. "We had to go chasing after Allied to see those people got their pickup."
Robertson said he and council are expecting better of Tri-County.
"We're expecting perfection from the new hauler," he said. "Folks at Tri-County have been very cooperative in studying routes and customer listings."