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Keyser: Trash Plan Lacks Support

Many comments from folks in both towns have been made opposed to changing the trash plan.

Hopefully, the rain has finally stopped so we can get on with enjoying the nice fall weather. The rain did keep the dust down, as the man says, if nothing else.

So, on to things happening in the two towns. And judging by the recent story in Patch.com regarding the pay-as-you-throw trash plan - and the many comments made by folks in both towns - this is one plan that does not enjoy much support with town folks.

In reading the many comments, the impression is that most folks feel that it’s a tax, regardless of how its listed.

And most folks who made comments on the possible trash plan also felt that they are already paying for the weekly trash pickup when they pay their real estate tax bill.

In reading over the many comments, one comment stands out - why does the existing trash plan with one free barrel each week, which is working well, all of the sudden need to be changed to this new plan?

And what it seems to come down to is that this plan is one to raise more funds for the town and has less to do with how much the trash tonnage is lowered. It's also a push to turn the town in a “green” town. In the long run, as one town official stated, this plan can actually cost folks more than it really from the reduced cost of picking up trash.

The one big mistake that I hope won’t take place is the Board of Selectmen bringing this subject to a board meeting and voting to put into practice. This possible project needs to be taken to a town meeting for discussion and vote, and allow the voters to decide if they want the plan or not.

Right now, this plan is being pushed by the boards, who do not listen well, as many folks in both towns are speaking out and saying they don’t like the plan and that the plan now in place is just fine and it should be left alone.

I hope that selectmen’s meetings in both towns will find town folks attending who will tell the board members what they feel about the trash plan. As voters of the towns, it's your right to tell your board members how you feel about town business.

That’s it for this week. Maybe we can see some dry days for a while before that white stuff starts appearing. Remember, not one shred of evidence supports the fact that life is serious. Think about that.

Bye, bye.

john September 14, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Who cares what San Francisco does? 30%-54% is a pretty big range and I am sure we do 30%. I wouldn't be apposed to having the town completely out of it. But I would want whatever they have budgeted as an expense to come out of the budget and back to the taxpayers. But we all know that would never happen.
Jack September 15, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Tyson - no fireworks are necessary this shouldn't be a contentious issue, it's just too simple. We will be paying for this "luxury" either way. We all know that even if trash collection was stopped entirely it wouldn't affect our taxes by one dime, there has never been a proposal to return any "savings" to the taxpayer. The concept that "change is good" is obviously irrelevant - change can be wonderful, tragic, good, bad or indifferent, however, change for the sake of change is always pointless and usually comes with a side order of unintended consequences. To champion "change" because you believe it's always good is to ignore the fact that no-one is complaining about the status quo. Finally, you say that anyone who is lazy, busy (or presumably, elderly, disabled or otherwise unable) should simply "pay someone" to take their trash away... which brings us full circle... that's what they are doing now with no complaints.
Bill Bowler September 15, 2011 at 05:39 PM
What follows is based on the SMART committee's own memo of August 23. The currently predicted savings according to Hamilton's town manager are $50-75k. In order to achieve this amount of savings from a reduction in the tipping fee the recycling rate would have to about double from the current approximately 30%. The current one bag system was instituted in March 2008 in FY 2009. We tend to forget that both communities had recycling programs before this. In FY 2007 the combined recycling rate was 23.99%, in FY 2008 it was 31.43%. In FY 2009 with one bag introduced mid-year, the rate was 29.76% and in FY 2010 31.59%. When we went from unlimted "free" trash to one bag, the increases were modest at best. To assume that the rate will double by eliminating the "free" bag is fanciful.
john September 15, 2011 at 05:52 PM
If these numbers are correct it makes the idea even more idiotic. If this is really about savings then 50K-75K could easily be saved in other areas of the budget. I am sure there are some administrative positions that pay this much that could easily be eliminated.
Tyson Goodridge September 16, 2011 at 07:38 PM
i'm ok with that too!

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