Freeport borough officials yet to study request for relief from trash fees for businesses, nonprofits
Freeport Borough Council still is trying to solve increased trash contractor fees for local business owners.
Several business owners and nonprofits had their fees increased by as much as 300 percent when council changed trash collection companies.
The borough now contracts with Vogel Disposal Service for residential services. According to the borough waste removal ordinance, businesses must use the same trash disposal service as the residents.
Phyllis Hudek, owner of The Rainbow bar and restaurant in Freeport, came to council again to ask if progress has been made.
Solicitor Gerald DeAngelis said he has to look over the commercial contract provided by Hudek.
“I'll review that contract by next meeting compared to our contract,” he said. “And see if we can provide some relief.”
Councilman Tim Adams already placed a call to Vogel and was able to change the commercial contract from five years to three years.
Right now, the borough is compiling a list of all businesses that have commercial waste disposal.
“We are continuing to try and do something,” Council President Don Rehner said. “I can't guarantee what that will be.”
Because of the way the borough's waste ordinance is written, there is not a lot council can do, he said.
Businesses must have the same trash company, but contract separately.
In other business
Council awarded a contract to Youngblood Paving of Wampum to pave Third, Fourth and Stewart streets. The low bid came in at $66,000.
“Probably due to getting bids out so early in the year, we came in with pretty decent prices,” Rehner said.
Paving will be done on Third Street from Market Street to Cherry Street; Fourth Street from Riverside to Buffalo streets; and Stewart Street from Mill to Washington streets.
Council awarded the bid pending review by the borough solicitor.
Kate Wilcox is freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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