Talking trash

A discussion on whether the village will pick its own trash up was held between board members Ann Marie Rossi, Scott Rapasadi, Mayor Todd Rouse and Clerk Catherine Williams.

At the board meeting held Feb. 18, Rouse said the village could buy a truck at around $150,000 and bond the money for 10 years. He said it may jack the price of trash hauling up about $30,000 a year until the truck was paid for.

Also discussed was if the village should hire someone to take control of trash pick-up or place a village Department of Public Works employee in charge of the operation.

Rouse said ARC, which contracts with the county landfill would supply the labor.

"We would have more control over what's being picked up," Williams said. "Our tipping fees may go down."

Williams said from one hauler to the next, the village saw a 56-ton increase in trash.

"I asked them, what are you doing, picking up stuff you're not supposed to?" Williams said.

The village has a three-year contract for $84, 996 a year with Bristol Enterprise. The contract is up in September. Bristol hauls refuse and recycling only.

In a Canastota Police blotter entry Feb. 9 Jeffery L. Bristol, 43, of Rome was ticketed after he admitted to switching plates from a pick-up truck to a garbage truck.

According to the report, a complaint was made to police that Bristol was driving a green garbage truck in the village with a plate that did not belong to the garbage truck. Police ran the plate and registration number and found it was registered to a 1999 Chevy Silverado and not the International Harvester garbage truck it was on.

As a result, Bristol was ticketed for operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with improper plates and operating a motor vehicle without a permit and tag. Bristol admitted to not having valid stickers.

"I'm leaning toward recommending we pick up our own," Rouse said.

Also discussed was whether the village would pick up trash from businesses and charge a fee.

"They are paying someone anyway," Rouse said.

"The village is weighing its options," village Administrator Larry Carpenter said later. "We want to do what's best in terms of cost and providing the best service to the residents."

Carpenter also said village administrators were "well aware" that Bristol was ticketed by village police.

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