Garbage col­lec­tion on coun­cil’s radar

The Compass - - OPINION -

Just when you think you have heard it all, some­one di­rects you to the min­utes of a spe­cial meet­ing of the Clarke’s Beach town coun­cil held in Au­gust to dis­cuss garbage and an old truck.

Af­ter speak­ing with res­i­dents of the town they all agree that we have in place one of the best garbage col­lec­tions in the area, the way things are now. We can still re­mem­ber how it was when we had a cleanup once a year. When hav­ing a paint can in a garbage bag meant it would be left by the road­side.

Is this what our town fathers want to re­sort back to? You may think we have things dropped off in the woods now! Just think what it will be like if this crowd gets this to work.

Then there is the mat­ter of the truck — a 2000 waste com­pactor no less. No men­tion of ton­nage, mileage or type of engine. It was owned by the Town of Grand Bank. Ap­par­ently it has served its use­ful time to the town, so they are let­ting it go.

To go from what we have now to this … would take an engi­neer­ing com­pany a week or longer to put to­gether. But for our coun­cil? An hour or so. Do they know the cost of oper­at­ing such a ve­hi­cle (main­te­nance, fuel con­sump­tion, con­di­tion of the truck)?

The last time coun­cil bought a sec­ond-hand truck we paid dearly for it after­wards.

One thing I do agree with that came out of the meet­ing was the mat­ter of col­lect­ing com­mer­cial garbage, some­thing our tax­pay­ers should not be pay­ing for.

If our town is mov­ing ahead, we need to get our heads around a way to bring in re­cy­cling. Some­one said it can’t work here. That’s false. They also said that about the 911 sys­tem.

Come on! Let’s move for­ward, not back­ward. If we can af­ford to dump tax­pay­ers money in the Glam and out to sea then we surely can keep a good sys­tem go­ing.

If our town is mov­ing ahead, we need to get our heads around a way to bring in

re­cy­cling.

Frank Evely Sr. writes from Clarke’s Beach

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