7/07/2011Posted by MJ
The city has a new website up and running for garbage and refuse collection:
More than 20 years after most other communities in Niagara County, the City of Lockport will have curbside recycling service, starting in September.
The Common Council voted Wednesday in favor of a five-year contract with Modern Disposal of Lewiston to pick up the city’s garbage and empty its new recycling bins, ending generations of city-provided garbage service.
The system will be funded by user fees, which won’t be determined until residents respond to a mailing asking which of the three available sizes of garbage cans they want...
I missed this article reported by the Buffalo News comparing the systems and costs of the town and city privatized refuse collection.
And the Buffalo News also reported on the "concerns" of Mayoral Candidate Pilot and Mayor Candidate and current Alderman Jack Smith. I respect Smith's pointed concern (although I find it hard to nail down initial costs when we all have options plus a $20 swing per year should not be too much to handle) but Pilot's approach came off as fear mongering and staging for the election run in fall.
For those who want answers directly answered, the is a Q&A session tonight with 5th Ward Alderman Genewick Instead of assuming the sky is falling, drop in for some answers.
The Buffalo News reported on the billing (one this year for the additional 2 months of unplanned city collection and one for the start of the new privatized system) and the fines for not following the system.
I don't like the automatic pick up of "mistakes" and subsequent fine. If anything, leave the trash that was wrong with a standard note with items checked off so the property owner can learn and let the driver note the house. If it is a persistent problem then go ahead an fine the owner.
The law will be up for public comment at an upcoming session. If you want your voice heard on the topic show up and speak out.