Nunda Township officials seeking to control contracts

NUNDA TOWNSHIP – Nunda Township officials are looking to streamline waste collection services by asking residents to approve a referendum that would allow township board members to enter contracts for garbage collection, recycling and yard waste pickup.

Township Supervisor Lee Jennings said waste management services are all over the place in the township with five or six different companies providing services to residents, who have individual contracts that result in varying pickup days and schedules.

Streamlining services could save residents as much as $150 to $200 a year, Jennings said, while enhancing what is offered to include leaf vacuuming and brush pickup, which is not part of individual contracts.

“The motivating factor is to try and save our residents money while being more efficient in the process,” Jennings said. “We’re consolidating and adding options at the same time.”

The referendum will be on the March 18 primary ballot.

In an effort to maintain relationships with companies already providing waste management services in the area, Jennings said township officials would look to enter multiple contracts for set areas.

For example, he said the township could be divided into four areas with a different company responsible for each section. He said all contracts would be similar in price and include yard waste pickup.

“We’re not looking to do this as one big contract,” Jennings said. “We want to keep the companies that people have used here.”

The peripheral savings could be just as valuable, Jennings said. He said there should be less damage to streets with garbage trucks spending less times on the roads. There also should be fewer calls to the county health department about open burning violations with the addition of leaf pickup.

If the referendum were to pass, Jennings said the changes in service would likely start in the summer or early fall.

“There will always be a few people who just don’t want to see the day of their service change or something like that,” Jennings said. “But overall people have been very positive about the idea. It’s going to save money.”