Van Buren: Trash collection days to change, other news

Van Buren officials have changed trash collection days from pick-up any day of the week to Mondays and Thursdays only in the town. The change will take effect within 90 days after a trash hauler renews their license with the town and will only effect residential developments east of Route 690 including Village Green, Seneca Knolls and Sun Meadows, as well as the Harbor Heights development.

Officials hope by limiting the days trash will be collected, the town will also see improved safety measures.

"We're trying to limit the days trash cans and trucks are out on the street for safety and aesthetic purposes," said Supervisor Claude Sykes.

While Sykes said most licensed haulers within the town didn't have an issue with the new requirement, Joe Rivette of Tribute Trash said, as a small business owner, the change would restrict his ability to expand within the town.

"[The restriction] would be very detrimental to my business," Rivette said. "Please don't do this."

Despite his pleas, the town board approved the measure in a 6-0 vote. Councilor Mary Frances Sabin was not present at the meeting.

Zone change approved

Van Buren officials have approved a zone change for the property at 7035 Van Buren Road, allowing the owner of the property to store small equipment and vehicles in an outdoor storage unit behind his building, which is in a gated area.

Fire district meeting

The Van Buren town board will meet with the four fire departments that serve the town at 7 p.m. July 23 at the town hall, corner of Ellsworth and Van Buren roads. Officials intend to discuss board officials' recent meeting with the county, what the town's expectations are, where the fire departments stand, the proposed Warners and Memphis fire departments merger, why the reluctance to a town-wide merger and any other topics that may come up.

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