September 1, 2014

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Trash rate hike of $2 a month is in the works for Medina residents

MEDINA — Residents most likely will see their trash bills go up to $16 a month — a $2 increase — starting Oct. 1.

Medina City Council’s Finance Committee, which includes all seven Council members — unanimously recommended the rate hike Monday. The full Council is expected to approve the hike July 14.

The last increase — also $2 more a month — was in 2006.

“We have held the line as long as we can,” Service Director Nino Piccoli said.

Piccoli said the city’s Utility Rate Review Commission met in May and recommended a larger increase, to $18.56 per month.

Piccoli said there would be no increase for commercial rubbish removal at this time.

The Sanitation Department serves more than 7,000 households in the city and accounts for 60 percent of the waste that is processed at the Medina County Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township, Piccoli said.

The hike for trash pickups was the second utility bill increase this year. Earlier this month, the city announced water bills were going up by 5 percent, beginning next month.

In other action, the Finance Committee approved the Sanitation Department seeking bids to purchase a new rear loading packer garbage truck.

The truck has an estimated cost of $220,000.

Piccoli said the last truck was purchased in 2010.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.