The mayor has signed a five-year agreement with Republic Services, circumventing the City Council's wishes to have the contract go to bid.
The new contract had already been basically agreed to before the City Council urged the mayor to put the contract to bid. Nonetheless, city councilors were surprised to learn on Tuesday that the agreement had been signed after advocating for the contract to be publicly bid.
The mayor says the city's trash hauler went rouge by halting trash pickup in some cases and placing violation stickers on bins and bag throughout the city.
Recently, Republic Services, the city's trash hauler, began what city hall is calling "soft enforcement" of the city's current trash ordinances. The workers started placing violation stickers on resident's trash bins if they did not comply with the standards and in some cases refused to collect trash or recycling because of the non-complia
The city's Resource Recovery Commission has reconvened after its toter plan was rejected by the City Council.
The committee had come together in September of 2016 and for more than a year completed an analysis of the city's curbside trash collection. It settled on a plan to overhaul the trash collection with a toter system eyed to decrease the $3 million cost the city pays for trash disposal, increase the 11 percent recycling rate, and combat blight.
The Health Department is recommending the city ramp up education and enforcement of the current waste removal laws.
In the wake of the City Council rejecting a plan to provider 45-gallon and 96-gallon toters to residents to limit trash disposal, the council is now continuing that conversation by looking at the current laws on the books. On Monday, the Ordinance and Rules Subcommittee heard from Health Director Gina Armstrong on the existing laws and ways to better seek compliance from residen
The City Council is looking to reestablish a committee to address homelessness.
City Councilors Melissa Mazzeo, Helen Moon, and former council candidate Edward Carmel have petitioned to update the rules establishing such a committee in 1989.
Mayor Linda Tyer is taking the toters to the street.
The mayor has scheduled four neighborhood meetings to further discuss the proposal to overhaul curbside trash pickup by implementing a toter program. The mayor feels that what has been lost during the most recent debate on the issue is the direct impacts the plan will have on the resident's day to day life.
After a year and a half and a dozen or so meetings later, the mayor's trash proposal is basically back where it started.
The City Council returned the proposal to overhaul the garbage collection system back to Mayor Linda Tyer, asking for a revised plan. The proposal was crafted through the Resource Recovery Commission, which first met back to September of 2016, and after three lengthy meetings at the City Council, the councilors felt it was too flawed to be saved.
Many city councilors are critical of implementing a new trash collection program.
The council debated the issue for a second lengthy meeting on Tuesday. The City Council first fielded the switch from the current curbside trash collection program to a toter system, which the administration says will help lower annual operating costs for garbage collection, at a committee of the whole meeting a month ago.
Health Director Gina Armstrong doesn't see the enforcement of new trash regulations becoming a difficult task.
The Board of Health is currently in charge of enforcing nuisance issues regarding trash already. Armstrong brought up some areas of concern about the proposed toter system regulations, but overall said it will keep the city cleaner.
A proposal to overhaul the curbside trash pickup system is heading to the City Council.
Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a request to move to a toter system, with which residents will be provided a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes allow for Republic Services to use trucks with automated arms.
There were no places for pedestrians to dispose of rubbish. Through the city's budget, new trash cans featuring the city's logo will be placed along Tyler Street. City staff is responsible for emptying them.
Board of Health Chairman Jay Green sees proposed changes to the city's trash collection system as a way to fight blight.
An internal working group has been working on the details of moving to an automated toter system for trash collection all summer. The plan is to provide city-issued totes - a 35-gallon one for trash and a 95-gallon one for recycling - to residents. Those totes will allow for Republic Services, the company who contracts with the city to collect the rubbish, to use trucks wit
The Board of Health thinks a community cleanup campaign will renew a sense of pride in the town.
Member Bruce Shepley said in his own neighborhood, he took it upon himself to mow unsightly properties and alert the authorities when late-night loitering becomes a nuisance.
The city's proposed budget does not include changes to the trash pickup system. But, Mayor Linda Tyer has identified it as a priority.
In February the Resource and Recovery Commission endorsed a plan to give households a 35-gallon tote for trash and as much as a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes will then allow Republic Services to switch to automated trash pickup. It would be the third time the City Council has attempted to make such a switch, both times in the passed it failed to ga
The town will consider installing LED lights in the Town Garage to help save money and actually light up the facility.
Newly hired Director Blair Crane said the situation is grimmer than just having efficient lighting and out of the building's 32 fixtures, only 20 operate correctly.
A proposal to change the way residential trash is collected is heading to the City Council.
The Resource and Recovery Committee on Wednesday passed a favorable recommendation on Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo's petition to switch to a totter system. The committee's plan is to give all households a 35-gallon tote for trash and as much as a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes will then allow Republic Services to switch to automated trash pickup.
The Board of Health has agreed to crackdown on commercial trash haulers operating incorrectly or without a permit.
After board members aired concerns Wednesday about haulers operating without permits and driving with uncovered loads, Chairman Bruce Shepley said he would follow up with the Police Department and explain the board's grievances.
The Selectmen would like to hire a new Department of Public Works director by the first of the year.
On Tuesday, they approved a new job description to begin advertising the position as soon as possible with the goal of bringing someone on board who can understudy current director Peter LeFebvre, who plans to retire in April.
The group looking at a possible overhaul of the city's trash collection is putting nearly everything on the table.
The Resource Recovery Committee met for its second thing this month in its ongoing look into changing the way the trash system operates. Currently, the city has a curbside pick up model in which Republic Services collects all of the trash and brings it to Covanta, where it is burned to make energy to sell to Crane & Co. The recycling is transported from Covanta to a recycler who
The city is once again considering changing the way curbside trash is collected
Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo has filed a petition to require the use of a toter system. Instead of piling up an unlimited amount of garbage on the side of the road, residents would be given two bins — one for recyclables and one for waste. Residents would be restricted to one bin full of each per week.
City officials are hoping Covanta won't be leaving afterall with the passage of a new tax incentive for those type of operations.
Covanta plans to close its Hubbard Avenue facility in March claiming the "high operating costs and the size of the facility have made it increasingly difficult to run the plant profitably," according to company spokesman James Regan. The plant has been in operations since 1981 on 5.8 acres of land and serves as the primary location for Republic Services to dispose