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« on: June 05, 2009, 12:42:19 PM »

from the Union Leader

Town to roll out (trash) barrels?
By ALEC O'MEARA
New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent
Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2009

LONDONDERRY – Residents who complained of the 65-gallon container "trash cap" in the newly approved solid waste contract are being offered an alternative.

The Londonderry Town Council will hold a public hearing June 15 to discuss a proposal to allow the leasing of a second, 65-gallon barrel for $200 a year. The town's solid waste advisory committee had initially not wanted to offer the second barrel, but repeated calls from residents gave some councilors second thoughts.

"It may work for some of the residents, but it may not work for everyone," Councilor Sean O'Keefe said. "As fast as this thing went through, we really didn't talk about the whole nine yards, and now the nine yards are starting to catch up with us."

The new five-year contract with Allied Waste Disposal, approved by the Londonderry Town Council on May 4, will save the town approximately $350,000 a year, Londonderry Public Works Director Janusz Czyzowski said.

Recycling will be handled as it is currently, but each home in town will be regulated to one 65-gallon barrel for solid waste pickup.

The new barrels will be the only containers recognized by the new automated garbage trucks that will begin making the rounds July 1. So long as the barrel is placed within 3 to 12 feet of the side of the road, and at least 3 feet away from obstacles such as mailboxes or trees, the driver will be able to pick up the barrel without exiting the truck.

The lack of a four-man crew for pickup is the source for much of the savings, Czyzowski said.

Since approving the new system, the size of the barrels and the feeling there was a government-imposed "trash cap" have been a source of controversy in town; the previous deal had allowed for unlimited pickup.

Town Manager Dave Caron proposed an amendment to the agreement that would allow homeowners to lease a second container and effectively double their waste volume. The second container would cost $200 for the first year and $150 for each successive year of use, Caron said. The town would also sell overflow bags at town offices for $3 each to be used for one-time overflow situations.

Councilor Kathy Wagner said the board should expect any public hearing on the policy to be well-attended. Specifically, Wagner said she'd heard from seniors and disabled veterans concerned they would not be able to push a full container. Wagner said she was unsure whether the $200 fee was the right number for leasing a second barrel, but she still believed a fee for additional use made sense.

Caron said 32-gallon containers will be available for seniors.

Council Chair Mike Brown agreed the public hearing on the trash policy would likely generate interest. However, Brown advised councilors to remind residents the meeting will be about adjusting the new contract, not eliminating the plan altogether.

"This is going to be a discussion on the amendment; this is not going to be a discussion on the decision. The decision has already been made," Brown said.

The council voted unanimously to hold the public hearing on Monday, June 15.

http://www.theunionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Town+to+roll+out+(trash)+barrels%3F&articleId=be1d8790-628d-442b-9da2-d2864b3c9fad
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2009, 01:45:03 PM »

We are saving $350k this year on the contract? Is the money coming back to the taxpayers or is it going into the town's slush fund for the next town meeting? If it's not coming back how is it a savings?
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