Newtown Borough Council formulates agenda for single trash hauler special meeting | Newtown Area
NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> Should Newtown Borough switch to a single garbage disposal system?
This question is the subject of a special Zoom meeting that will take place on Thursday, February 25th at 7pm. Credentials and the agenda are posted in the district’s calendar section website before the meeting.
“Send us emails. Send us letters. Tell us what you think. We want as much input as possible, ”said Council President Tara Grund-McLaughlin. “We really need to hear about it from the public.”
At her working session in February, City Councilor Julia Woldorf announced a draft agenda for the meeting, which includes background information on this topic, survey results on garbage transportation, a look at the activities of other municipalities, the advantages and disadvantages of single vans, and the transition process could look like the district is deciding to switch to a single carrier.
“There will also be an opportunity for public discussion of what types of services we would like to include in the request for quotation – how many pickups, etc.,” said Woldorf. “This is an opportunity for the public to give us ideas.”
Woldorf said they will also use a zoom poll option that would allow the council to conduct a brief poll of participants on the various discussion points.
Councilor Bob Szwajkos asked for part of the discussion to include a quick overview of what is now allowed and what is not allowed. “If we switch to a freight forwarder and really get the company into an equipment and staffing situation, we don’t want them to miss days and pick up on Saturdays. Then we’re back to the same problem. “
Bill Heinemann, chairman of the district’s environmental advisory board, and other members of the EAC are also expected to attend the meeting and answer questions.
In September, members of the EAC brought the problem to the ground, expressing concern that multiple garbage trucks rumbled through the district over several days and companies consistently operated outside of their designated collection days.
Currently, residents have a choice of entering into a contract with any of four companies allowed to operate in the community, including Waste Management, McCullough Garbage Disposal, Whitetail Disposal, and Republic Services.
Heinemann, chairman of the EAC, informed the council that the hauliers often arrive before the district’s scheduled two-day pick-up window.
“There is no garbage disposal. There is no recycling with multiple units. The result is increased traffic problems on garbage and recycling days, noise, wear and tear on the roads, pollution and a risk to public safety, ”he said.
Heinemann made three recommendations to the council: To enforce the applicable regulations on collection days, consider entering into a contract with a single carrier and providing collection and recycling of household waste for apartment buildings.
“We have kept this topic very much on our agenda over the years,” Heinemann told the Council last autumn. “We have also included this as one of our proposals in the new comprehensive plan.”
Two years ago the EAC made the same proposal to the Council. The city councils of the time decided not to go this route and preferred personal choice with freight forwarders and in competition.
“In these two years the situation has worsened,” Heinemann told the current council in September. “We now have additional carriers. We continue to have problems in every way … It’s gotten a little out of control.
“The EAC believes it is an issue that needs to be addressed,” he continued. “We recommend that the district move in the direction of a district approved individual housing company. This should be the result of a competitive tendering process based on considerations such as price, insured pickup for each resident, consideration of environmental concerns (source of fuel for trucks and handling of garden waste and recyclables), flexibility and options and recommendations for garden waste. ”
Like the neighboring communities, Heinemann said that the district’s permit could be renewed or reopened at regular intervals, for example every three years or if the freight forwarder fails to meet its obligations.
The council hires a part-time officer
In other matters, the council voted on its February agenda to hire Kyle Areias as a part-time outside civil servant at an hourly rate of $ 19.50 an hour.
Areias lives in Bucks County. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University in 2016 and graduated from Temple Police Academy in 2016. He previously served as a police officer in Upper Makefield and Yardley Borough and currently works part-time in Morrisville.
A moment of silence
During the meeting, Mayor Charles Swartz held a moment of silence in memory of two lifelong Newtown Borough residents who died in January – Albert Jones, 95, on January 28, and Clifton “Tip” Wiggins, 95, on January 31.
At the time of his death, Jones was the longest active member of the Newtown Fire Association, with more than 70 years of service.
A veteran of the US Navy, Jones was a former fire chief, president, and long-time assistant chief of the Newtown Fire Association. He also worked for the community as a street caretaker for several years.
Wiggins was born and raised in Newtown. He was a veteran of the US Navy and a member of the “Little Beavers”, a destroyer force in World War II, which was awarded a quote from the presidential unit. He was a First Gunner’s Mate and served on the USS Converse DD509 after its first ship, the USS PGM17, was sunk by Kamikazes in Okinawa.
After the war he worked at Newtown Ford, Reedman’s and Penn Auto Body before opening the Wiggins Auto Body Shop, which operated at the same address on South Sycamore Street in Newtown for four decades. In addition to expert body, fender and paint job, the shop was a gathering place for large groups of locals on Saturday morning, where old stories, current events and general stories were the order of the day.