City eyes hiring Barnes for compost operation
By Becky Brooks
The city will again be accepting brush from citizens at the wastewater treatment plant at Goodrich Road sometime in April, according to Safety-Service Director Jeffrey Crosby.
He said this week that his office is already receiving calls about mulch, brush and the city dumpsters.
This year, however, that operation mostly will be contracted out.
The City Council is expected to act on a $50,000 service contract with Barnes Nursery of Huron during its meeting on March 25, officials reported.
If the contract is approved, Barnes would be overseeing the compost site and brush disposal. It will be using the area at the wastewater treatment plant location as a transfer site for its operation.
“We’re still going to run the compost,” Crosby said. “It’s mostly has to do with brush.”
With Barnes taking over the oversight, the city will no longer be required to operate under an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency permit nor keep documentation updated, Crosby said.
By contracting out to Barnes, that business would provide employees to check identifications for people bringing in brush, he added. City residents would not be charged.
Operating the transfer site, though, would allow Barnes to accept brush drop-offs from township residents, who would have to pay a tipping fee.
“The city residents will see no change,” Crosby pointed out. “We will still have compost for people.”
Barnes also would be contracted to bringing dumpsters on a regular schedule for city residents to dispose of large trash items. Crosby said dumpsters would be available on the second and fourth weekends through November.
“We had problems with scheduling,” Crosby said about the contract with the business providing dumpsters last summer.