By Gary Gregory
For the Daily Call
COVINGTON — Trash talk took center stage Monday at the Covington Village Council. The discussion focused on the need for a quicker, more efficient and cost effective way for the village trash pickup.
Mayor Ed McCord and Village Administrator Mike Busse took a recent trip to observe the thrash pickup in Muncie, Ind., a city of nearly 65,000 residents. Busse played a video of a 2007 Muncie automated one-operator trash truck in action, using a claw arm that clamped on the trash can and lifted it into the truck.
After waiving the three-reading rule, council unanimously approved the resolution to lease an automated trash truck from Best Equipment Co. The lease for four payments of $23,920 at an interest rate of 2.92 percent is underwritten through TCF Equipment. The first payment would be due in 2015.
McCord said the current trash truck needing two operators would be used as “a spare” and also be “used for large item pickups.”
Busse told council that the lifetime of the used automated truck is between 5-10 years.
McCord underscored the point of education concerning the new acquisition.
“This will be an education process of showing the residents the proper placement of the trash containers,” McCord said. In other council action, the three-reading rule was waived for two other resolutions.
Council OK’d a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Miami County Commissioners for the spring street storm project.
Council OK’d a resolution authorizing the police chief to sign a memorandum of understanding with the State of Ohio for the transfer of military surplus items to the Covington Police Department.
A first reading was introduced on a resolution focusing on signing a contract with Briggs Creative Services for the appraisal and write-of-way acquisition services for the Safe Routes School Project.
Council also heard a second reading on two ordinances that repeal and replace a 2 percent salary increase for non-elected officials as well as a 2 percent salary increase for the village administrator.
Council has slated a meeting on Monday, June 23, a change from the original meeting date of June 16.