Lans­dale to dis­trib­ute sur­vey re­gard­ing trash ser­vice

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

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Those are ques­tions bor­ough coun­cil has started to GLVFuVV DnG D GrDIW Vur­vey is in the works that will ask res­i­dents those ques­tions, and many more, as it starts a con­ver­sa­tion on whether to move to­ward a sin­gle hauler.

“7Kere Dre RIWen WLPeV D very knee-jerk re­ac­tion. Ev­ery­one thinks, ‘Gov­ern­ment is rapidly over­reach­ing,’ and ev­ery­one has hor­ror sto­ries about ter­ri­ble im­ple­men­ta­tion prob­lems,” said Coun­cil­man Dan Du­ni­gan.

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FRr WKe firVW WLPe :eGneV­day night, coun­cil re­viewed a sur­vey that will weigh WKRVe Eene­fiWV DgDLnVW WKRVe draw­backs.

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“What peo­ple don’t re­al­ize is that you’ve got to take D ORW RI WKLngV LnWR DFFRunW: it’s not just pick­ing up, you have to deal with dis­posal, reFyFOLng, DnG PDnGDWeV RI things – in­clud­ing a Christ­mas tree pickup – to make sure you’re in com­pli­ance with all statutes,” said RVB en­gi­neer Chris Fazio.

Trash com­pa­nies across WKe FRunWry ELG IRr PunLFL­pal­i­ties’ busi­ness in what Fazio termed “an ex­tremely FRPpeWLWLve fieOG – PuOWLPLOOLRn GROODr ELGV GLIIer by $10,000 or $100,000” be­cause com­pa­nies seek con­tracts to carry trash and reFyFODEOeV IrRP Dn enWLre mu­nic­i­pal­ity at once.

Lans­dale is only start­ing talks on whether it makes sense to pro­ceed and the sur­vey LV WKe firVW VWep Ln gDWKerLng IeeGEDFN IrRP ERrRugK res­i­dents on what they want, what they use and what they pay.

“The sur­vey is a com­ponenW RI wKDW we wDnW WR GR. We may choose to have a FRupOe RI Rpen-KRuVe Wype dis­cus­sions and maybe get a group to­gether to help us weigh the pros and cons, be­cause what we do will im­pact ev­ery­body,” Du­ni­gan said.

“Peo­ple think in­tu­itively, ‘No, I want to pick my own [hauler] be­cause I can drive the best deal.’ Well, we’ve got ur­ban den­sity here and ur­ban den­sity can drive a deal” with in­ter­ested haul­ing com­pa­nies, Du­ni­gan said.

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“Putting that re­port out there is what re­ally turns this into what I think is our in­ten­tion, which is to make this ed­u­ca­tional, so that we KDve D weOO LnIRrPeG puElic,” said Bor­ough Man­ager Timi Kirch­ner.

Photo by GE­OFF PATTON

Trash haulers make a pickup at the Stan­bridge Apart­ments in Lans­dale Thurs­day morn­ing. Bor­ough of­fi­cials are work­ing on a sur­vey to de­ter­mine whether hir­ing a sin­gle hauler for trash ser­vice is the right de­ci­sion for Lans­dale.

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