To help village residents dispose of tree and brush debris in quantities larger than the normal pick up by the Department of Public Works, Canastota Codes Enforcement Officer Mike Adsit has designed a program that will allow the use of a dump truck/trailer.
"Operation Dump Truck" will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents can request a trailer dropped in their driveway for two consecutive days, twice a year for brush up to four feet long. Residents load the trailer themselves and the DPW will haul it away. The trailer will be dumped once a day by the DPW.
The village has set guidelines that stipulate no grass clippings, plastic bags or trash of any kind will be accepted. If items other than limbs or brush are placed in the trailer, fees will be incurred by the village, which will include labor costs, and violators will no longer be permitted to participate in the program.
The dump truck will not be delivered or pick up on Saturdays, Sundays or scheduled holidays and will be dropped off and picked up at the convenience of the DPW.
Mayor Todd Rouse said that as long as residents are taking the initiative to trim trees and clean up their yards then the village can help them get it picked up.
"We are trying to appease the whole," Rouse said.
Arrangements for a trailer can be made at the village clerk's office at 205 S. Peterboro St. Residents will need to sign a lease when reserving the trailer.