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Who will pick up your trash?

Village administrator Larry Carpenter presented a Feasibility Study he prepared regarding the existing refuse and recycling contract, which expires Aug. 31 and what it would cost the village to get back into the garbage business.

In 2006 the village accepted a bid of $255,000 from Bristol Enterprises. Other bids that come in that year were between $429,000 and $756,000. Carpenter said it would be safe to use $459,000 as a starting off point for bids, or about $143,000 a year. The village is currently paying $87,000 a year.

Carpenter's study included the purchase of a 7300 20-yard Packer with about $29,000 a year in maintenance and upgrades. The village generates between 14 and 16 yards of refuse. With a 20-yard capacity only one trip to the landfill on Monday and Tuesday will be needed. He recommended a five-year lease because rates are at 4.9 percent, with a buy-out at the end of the lease at 7 percent. He said the village would save money by leasing.

For the collection of recycling, Carpenter recommended the village rehab the 1992 Ford chassis that it already owns. He said it could be retrofitted for about $3,000.

A 50 percent grant is available through the state Department of Environmental Conservation for recycling purposes but it takes between two to three years before a refund would be forthcoming and the refund won't come until after the purchase is made. Carpenter said he's been working on this study for about four months and already applied for the grant. In the meantime, he suggested retrofitting the Ford and using it for a few years. A new recycling truck would cost anywhere from $120,000 to $170,000.

In the study the trash collection department would fall under the village administrator's duties.

Carpenter said two part-time drivers at 16 hours a week would be required. The pay would fall between $11 and $13 an hour. He said he spoke with Career Solutions in Oneida and was told finding help would not be a problem. Also, a village Department of Public Works employee is considering retirement and showed interest in the position, he said.

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