Manlius The Manlius Town Board last week approved a town-wide resolution to eliminate the opportunity for residents to opt out of trash and brush pickup in the two town trash and brush districts. The new policy will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.
The intent of the resolution is to save the town money and make trash and brush pickup and payment more fair, although at least one board member offered concerns over the removal of residents’ freedom to choose who their trash and brush haulers will be.
“Taking away someone’s inherent right to pick and choose who they do business with … doesn’t sit well with me,” said Councilor Jason Cassalia during the board’s Aug. 27 meeting.
The town board originally created two trash/brush districts in the town in 2004, which allowed any town residential property owner of a three family or less home — and who does not live inside any of the villages of Fayetteville, Manlius or Minoa — to use municipally-bid removal services of Syracuse Haulers, or to opt out of the municipal service and hire a trash/brush hauler of their own choosing.
The 2014 annual charge for trash enrollment is $155, and the charge for brush removal is $30.
The board discussed the idea of eliminating the opt out option in the trash and brush district at its Aug. 13 regular meeting, during which time Town Attorney Steven Primo said the majority of towns do not offer an opt out option because it is difficult to administrate. He said eliminating the option would cause the overall trash and brush district costs to go down.
Town Manager Ann Oot said during the Aug. 27 meeting that there have been “a lot of issues” with people receiving trash and brush hauling for free because not everybody knows there are trash and brush districts.