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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 9, 2015 Contact: Councilman Brad Bender(631) 287-5745
Town to Discontinue Pursuit of a Garbage District in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Communities
After considering a proposal to establish a garbage district in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton communities, the Town Board has opted to discontinue pursuit of the concept at this time.
The Flanders/Riverside/Northampton Community Association (FRNCA) had previously asked the Town to look into what it would take to establish a garbage district in that area. In order to get a sense of what such a service would cost taxpayers, the Town issued a bid asking prices for weekly refuse pick-up, given certain specifications. The lowest responsible bid came in at approximately $25.00 per month, which would have been charged to each residential property owner’s tax bill if a special assessment garbage district were formed.
A letter was mailed to approximately 2,100 property owners inviting them to an informational meeting on May 15, 2015, hosted by Councilman Brad Bender and attended by Councilpersons Christine Scalera, Bridget Fleming, and Stan Glinka, to hear the process by which such a garbage district could be formed and the services that would be provided. Residents filled the Phillips Avenue School auditorium to ask questions and voice their opinions. Although there were many present who were in favor, the majority, by a show of hands, were against the formation of a garbage district. The two main reasons articulated were: loss of choice in selecting a carter, and fear that the monthly charge would dramatically increase after the first year, thereby increasing their tax bills.
Councilman Bender noted, “Unfortunately, the public sentiment is against the formation of a garbage district at this time. I still believe that providing this service to the Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton areas is a great idea – one that would go a long way to improving both property values and pride of place. Perhaps it is an idea whose time has not yet come, but one which bears re-visiting in the future.”
A resolution rejecting all bids is expected to be adopted at today’s Town Board meeting.