FAIRBORN — Fairborn citizens will soon be receiving larger trash cans and recycling bins as the city has signed a new contract with Waste Management. Monday will remain trash day.
The city invited community input throughout December to gather citizens concerns and ideas relating to what they would like to see in the new trash service contract. It got approximately 450 responses, resulting in some of the changes residents will see with the contract specifications.
Waste Management will deliver wheeled 96-gallon trash bins and wheeled 64-gallon recycling bins, both bins including lids, to all Fairborn households between the beginning of April and June 1. Apartment buildings with four units or less will receive one of each bin. Citizens can keep their old recycling bins or allow Waste Management to take it away. They can also keep their current trash cans, but utilize the larger containers as the primary trash bin upon receiving such.
Citizens will be welcomed to place up to three bulk items per week on the curb for the trash company haul away; additional items will result in a $50 fee.
Waste Management has agreed to maintain customer service and provide literature relating to recyclables. Bales said the city recycles about 12 percent of its waste, but he wishes to see that number increase to 15-20 percent. The company will also participate in neighborhood clean-up day in the spring months, and develop an anti-litter campaign.
Senior Center annual update
Fairborn Senior Center Executive Director Ellen Slone-Farthing said 2015 was the first time in her 15 years of serving the center that it nearly met its participation goals, which was set at 15,000. It welcomed 52 new members in 2015, bringing its total to 1,120 participants. However, the she said the senior center serves approximately 3,000 individuals through its other programs.
It started offering history classes through Sinclair Community College within the last year, as well as fitness, exercise and yoga course and genealogy, book, french and knitting groups. Transportation volunteers dedicated the most hours last year, while homemakers served a number of hours as well. Slone-Farthing said the senior center is welcoming additional volunteers, especially in its transportation department.
“We’re trying to come up with more ideas for a matter of balance because that’s what keeps them active,” she said. ” … We all love it over there, we have fun. We’re a big family and we take care of our seniors in Fairborn.”
Council granted the senior center use of the city car as well as a monetary donation that was included in the city’s budget.
“The Senior Center is the focal point for the city’s Christmas in Action program; it’s also the focal point for the annual Thanksgiving dinner,” Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick said. “The Senior Center is much more than a senior center — it really is a focal point for the entire Fairborn community.”
Nicole Walsh and Tyler Martin served the Mayor’s Beautification Committee during high school. However, they have since graduated, which required the two to get a formal appointment from council in order to stay involved in the committee. Council did so during the meeting Monday evening; Walsh and Martin’s contracts will not expire until Dec. 31, 2018.
Council will meet again 6 p.m. Monday, March 21 in the council chambers within the Fairborn Government Center, 44 W. Hebble Ave. The next citizens forum will include a presentation on the future of Fairborn, taking place 7 p.m. Monday, March 28 at Fairborn Senior Housing, 221 N. Central Ave.
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