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Supervisors reject trash collection bids

| Friday, Aug. 3, 2001

ALVERTON - After tabling a decision on the township's trash collection services at the July 19 meeting, East Huntingdon supervisors decided not to decide. At Thursday's meeting, supervisors voted to reject all bids and reopen bidding.

Previously, Waste Management and Republic Waste Services had each submitted bids for residential trash collection over the next three years. Waste Management submitted a bid of $7.18 per month for each household during the first year, which would run from Aug. 1, 2001, to July 31, 2002. Monthly household costs for the next two years were bid at $7.38 and $7.58, respectively.

Republic Waste Services, which owns the Greenridge Reclamation Landfill located in the township, put in bids of $7.75 for the first year, $7.95 for the second, and $8.14 for the third.

In rejecting the bids, supervisors cited previous violations by Waste Management that led to a delay in East Huntingdon's trash collection. Republic Waste Services had no violations upon prior inspections.

In addition, chairman Joel Suter said, 'We have a landfill in our township. I think our garbage should go there.'

East Huntingdon Township receives $1 per ton of in-state trash buried at the landfill.

In other business:

  • Resident Mary Martha Wilson raised concerns about speeding on Scottdale-Smithton Road and asked supervisors to check into increased police patrols in that area.

  • Resident Rich Zoracki complained of odors from the Greenridge Reclamation Landfill, requesting that the supervisors take up the issue with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Resident Roy B. Cunningham detailed numerous problems on his property, including removal of survey pins and sunken areas in his driveway, for which he was promised, but never received, gravel.

  • Supervisors approved building permits for the Virginia Pisula Trust, Bryan and Bonnie Bartos, Raymond Cossell, Donald and Nina Parry, and Darin and Shannon King. The supervisors also voted unanimously to approve the Elmira Joan Bodenheimer Subdivision. They tentatively approved the Kendi Subdivision, pending review by township solicitor Frank Bailon.

    The next meeting of the East Huntingdon Township supervisors will be held on Aug. 16.

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