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Ft. Mitchell Residents to See Change in Garbage, Recycling Fees & Pick-up

Residents of Fort Mitchell will notice a change in both their garbage pickup schedule and the price of its removal starting on August 1.
On Monday, city council members unanimously approved a one-year contract with Best Way to pick up residents' garbage and recycling once per week, replacing its current contract that picks up garbage twice per week and recycling once.
Residents’ waste management fee will increase from $177.60 annually, or $14.80 per month, to $210.36 annually, or $17.53 per month, when the city’s new contract with Best Way kicks in next month. If Best Way had continued to pick up trash twice per week, it would have cost residents $273.60 annually, or $22.80 per month.
“I look around, and I see other surrounding cities that only have their trash picked up once per week. And it works. I say we try it for one year to see if it can work here, too,” said council member Beth Rose.
City council spurned Best Way’s five-year contract in favor of the one-year deal, in hopes that when Lakeside Park’s garbage pickup contract is up next year, the two cities can work together on a joint contract.
“If we can get garbage trucks off the road one day a week, that’s advantageous,” said council member Vicki Boerger.
The council also officially swore in Andrew Schierberg as Fort Mitchell’s new police chief and introduced Jeff Hampton as the city’s new fire lieutenant Monday night.
Schierberg noted that, although this is a difficult time to be a police officer, several residents stopped in to thank the city’s officers for their service over the past few weeks, which he said the officers all appreciate. He began working in the position a little over a month ago, replacing former chief Jeff Eldridge.
Mayor Jude Hehman presented Wayne Stephens and Alex Edmondson of Stephens Cabinetry and Dr. Ryan Olexia of Fort Mitchell Veterinary Center with a community investment award for devoting time and resources to renovate their shared building on the corner of Orphanage Road and Dixie Highway.
“Fort Mitchell is our home, and we knew we wanted to be here forever. Business is up and I’ve truly been humbled by how wonderful this city has been to us,” said Stephens.
Written by Alex Valentine, RCN contributor
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