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Garbage, sewage issues on minds in Dunbar

| Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Garbage and sewage issues dominated the Dunbar Township supervisors' meeting Thursday night.

Township resident Jeff Gallo asked supervisors for an exemption from the township's mandatory garbage collection ordinance.

“I don't have any garbage that needs to be picked up, and I'm tired of paying the monthly bills,” Gallo said. “I want to know what options I have.”

Township Solicitor Tim Witt informed Gallo that there are no exemptions that can be made for any township resident.

“Mandatory garbage collection is required throughout the state to cut down on illegal dumping and littering,” Witt said. “The mandatory garbage service in the township benefits all residents because of the lower prices that are offered when you have more customers.”

Witt suggested that Gallo contact the state Department of Environmental Protection to find out what guidelines the state uses to determine whether certain items are considered garbage or recyclable.

Other residents told the supervisors that they are concerned because garbage trucks that exceed the township's weight and size limits have been seen traveling on township roads.

Witt said the township cannot take action to stop the illegal garbage trucks unless there is specific evidence of violations, which would include time-stamped photos with recognizable landmarks and homes in the background.

“If we can produce the photos as evidence, we could let the garbage companies know that they are violating the current contracts,” he said. “If not, there really isn't anything the township can do.”

Resident Ruby Jackson commended the supervisors for approving a recent ordinance that established mandatory garbage collection.

When Brownsville adopted its garbage ordinance, Jackson said, only one garbage hauler was permitted to collect trash.

“At least you allowed the township residents to have a choice,” Jackson said. “In order for the township to receive state and federal grant funding, the supervisors needed to approve mandatory garbage collection.”

The supervisors adopted a resolution that will provide sewer service to about 30 West Leisenring residents after an inter-municipal agreement between Dunbar and North Union townships has been reached.

Dunbar Supervisor Ron Keller told township residents that the storm sewer system in Adelaide is about 90 percent complete.

The township also agreed to purchase two trucks for about $96,000 through Co-Star, including a fully equipped 2013 truck with a plow, salt spreader and central hydraulics at a cost of $71,200. A used 2005 truck with the same equipment and 24,000 miles cost the township $25,000.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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