In the planning for many months, the designation of one official trash hauler came to its first reading.
Tito Duran was one of four council members who voted against allowing a decision. His main complaint was that it created a monopoly, in contrast to currently being able to choose a hauler.
Supporters said the winning bid would lower everyones rates, and reduce heavy traffic on ailing city streets...but opponents said a city poll showed 93% of citizens were satisfied with their current hauler.
Among many points, opponents said a city poll showed 93% of citizens were satisfied with their current hauler, preparing the legislation wasted the administration's time, and tying the fee to water meter accounts may create billing problems for multi-unit properties.
Supporters showed the winning bid would lower everyone's rates, reduce heavy traffic on ailing city streets, and create a single day when trash would sit at the curb.
Big hauler Rumpke has a facility just outside town, and representative Chris Lavender spoke to council. He said they had bid for the monopoly, but still support freedom of choice.
The vote to just give free city water to help open the city pool - instead of funding it from scrap sales from the other city pool - failed.
Four council members voted against that, and since the ordinance had emergency language, it failed.
Afterward, Mayor Don McIlroy didn't want to spend any more time discussing the issue...saying the original workaround for lack of funding this year, passed in April, will stand.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils