Town of Marys­town pre­par­ing for waste collection takeover

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Marys­town Town Coun­cil has af­firmed July 2 as the takeover date for garbage collection by the Burin Penin­sula Waste Man­age­ment Mu­nic­i­pal Ser­vice De­liv­ery Cor­po­ra­tion.

A mo­tion was passed to ac­cept the dead­line dur­ing Tues­day evening’s coun­cil meet­ing.

It came with a caveat pro­posed by Mayor Sam Sy­nard that the dead­line im­ple­men­ta­tion de­pend on the agree­ment brought for­ward to coun­cil.

“We can’t do it un­der any terms,” he said. “We’ve got to agree to do it, be­cause we might be pre­sented with a con­tract that we just can’t live with.”

Coun­cil­lor Leonard Pittman, a di­rec­tor for the Marys­town area sub- re­gion on the cor­po­ra­tion’s board, ac­knowl­edged the town’s lawyers were still fi­nal­iz­ing the lan­guage of a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the cor­po­ra­tion last week. He was hope­ful but un­sure whether the doc­u­ment would be ready when the two sides met again the fol­low­ing day.

Coun. Pittman said coun­cil owed it to the pub­lic and businesses to con­firm the July 2 date.

“This is be­ing im­ple­mented by govern­ment,” he said re­fer­ring to the prov­ince’s waste man­age­ment strat­egy, “and we have to move for­ward with it.”

Deputy Mayor Al Spencer called the process frus­trat­ing for coun­cil and res­i­dents.

He sug­gested both the town and the cor­po­ra­tion have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to ed­u­cate res­i­dents on how the new collection sys­tem will work.

“Be­ing in the mid­dle, you don’t know what to tell people,” he ac­knowl­edged. “At the end of the day, this is go­ing to hap­pen. We are be­ing told, whether we like it or not, this is how it’s go­ing to be.”

Coun. Pittman agreed “the ed­u­ca­tion piece needs to get out there.”

The Burin Penin­sula Waste Man­age­ment Mu­nic­i­pal Ser­vice De­liv­ery Cor­po­ra­tion took over collection ser­vices for towns in the area’s south­ern re­gion, along with the land­fill site at Mol­liers, two years ago.

Waste will be di­verted from Mol­liers to the Town of Marys­town’s site near Jean de Baie in the com­ing months. The cor­po­ra­tion is also aim­ing to bring com­mu­ni­ties north of Marys­town on board early next year.

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