Montgomery: Flow control keeps tipping fees high

Norwalk sanitation superintendent Jeff Montgomery wanted to clear up several issues Wednesday regarding trash.
Scott Seitz2
Jan 26, 2012

Norwalk sanitation superintendent Jeff Montgomery wanted to clear up several issues Wednesday regarding trash.

Montgomery had heard the recent discussion among city officials about the privatizing of city trash collection.

A local resident, at a recent council meeting, said the city could save $10 to $20 per ton if a private company hauled city trash.

"That saving $10 or $20 per ton, that's just not true," Montgomery said. "The county has flow control and that's the law. You pay $54 per ton. It doesn't matter who you are."

Montgomery said this morning city residents, who have an average household income of $44,000, pay $9.16 per month for trash collection and other related service, like yard waste and leaf pickup.

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Comments

rbenn

First off It was never stated it would save $10 to $20 per ton, the statement was why are we paying 10 to 20 dollars more than just about anywhere else in Ohio. That is what was asked!

6079 Smith W

So is Mr. Montgomery saying that the Norwalk municipal waste system is set in stone and unmovable?

Reads like a fallacy.

How is it that other municipalities like Toledo have reported taxpayer savings by moving to private waste haulers?

http://www.environmentalistsever...

Remember: The state is reducing revenue sharing. Every single penny saved in taxes for Norwalk's increasing population of fixed-income senior residents will go a long way to helping them maintain a dignified standard of living.

Freakmighty

Senior residents do not pay for sanitation services it is free for them

Uputwhatwhere6

Never heard of that one, They pay city taxes too.

6079 Smith W

@ Freakmighty: If true, then Norwalk's gonna eventually be in deep sh*t because the local population is gradually becoming older and poorer.

Who's gonna pay for the increasing costs of municipal services; the few remaining that have jobs and pay income taxes?
With Norwalk's continuing high unemployment rate, a different funding mechanism is gonna eventually be needed regardless.

Freakmighty

Senior residents do not pay for sanitation services it is free for them

Freakmighty

Senior residents do not pay for sanitation services it is free for them

Freakmighty

Senior residents do not pay for sanitation services it is free for them

6079 Smith W

@ Freakmighty: From Economics 101: TANSTAAFL - There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

One person's subsidy is another person's tax.

To get votes, the lying politicians have been feeding the sheeple that "free" nonsense forever.

Freakmighty

Do u people realize that the quarter percent income tax will still be inplace if u privatize it so u will be payin the same and losing services

Freakmighty

This is norwalk not toledo,toledo workers made over $100,000 a year and were union with alot of issues. Toledo residents are now paying $8.95 a month for trash and recycling thru the privatization. An average household income in norwalk is $44,000 a year which means that household pays $9.16 a month for trash services which includes yard waste,leaf and brush pickup with the compost pile. Find a private hauler to do that. Do you ever see piles of trash on the curbs from evictions and foreclosures? You will if you privatize. Private companies do nothing for free. They will not pick up trash laying in the streets or when animals tear open the bags. It is a lose,lose in services when a city privatizes.

Seriously_Local

Have I ever seen piles of trash on the curbs in front of evictions and foreclosures? Why yes! I did on Garden Street during the election last year, and they happened to belong to the mayoral candidate who was a challenger.

6079 Smith W

Freakmighty writes: "Private companies do nothing for free."

And the Sanitation Dept. and municipal employees do?

$200K for a new trash truck plus thousands of additional dollars in future operating and maintenance costs doesn't read "free" to me.

Before the city spends $200K to buy a new truck, privatization should be seriously considered. Unless there's a dollar and cents analysis and a cost comparison, it's just emotional rhetoric.

mister wizard

I've noticed my Scotch Tipping Fees have gone up....maybe I need Flow Control.

6079 Smith W

@ mister wizard: The blends tend to be less expensive than the single malts. Dewar's, J&B and Jameson's here.

kURTje

Burn barrels for all.

readytoretire

I live down by the Huron County Highway Dept. and I am tired of seeing the superintendent and one of the mechanics leave countless times through out the day together. I have followed them and a female office worker of some kind to pizza post for lunch where they take alot longer then there allowed lunch break time. I think that it is time for us tax payers to stick up for ourselves and do something about this B.S. I think that SCOTT SEITZ should check into this. I will try to dig up the names of these employee that are basically stealing $200,000.00 from us every year. Let's do something about this HURON COUNTY TAX PAYERS.

oceanspray

thumbs up.....readytoretire...........pete welch is another one....he make over 70k himself......what does he do all day????

readytoretire

We need to get more people on board so we can make these people work for there money or fire there a$$es. Hopefully more people can start seeing this for themselves. The vehicles that they drive around would consist of a black dodge ram with yellow flashing lights above the cab and a newer Chevy 4 door pickup truck silver in color. It is unmarked and has red county plates only on it. This is a county vehicle it should say Highway Dept on the side of it.

-rebel

@ stalker - try changing your username to "stalker".

readytoretire

Are you saying that I am a "stalker" for watching these so called "county workers" that don't do a damn thing for there money?

oceanspray

close that money pit T/S......all this double handling of trash is dumb.....it's on the trash trk take it right to Erie and forget it.........$54 Huron county.....$35 or $45 Erie county....do the math......this double handling is B/S........shut down the T/S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!