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Upper Tyrone looking into mandatory garbage pickup

| Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

Upper Tyrone Township Supervisor Bill Edwards thinks it would benefit the township to have mandatory garbage pickup for all township residents. But he might not have enough support to make it a reality.

Edwards said there would be several benefits to having mandatory garbage pickup, including a franchise fee the township could collect from the garbage collector. He said the company that submits the winning bid would have sole rights to garbage pickup in the township.

"We could get income through franchise fees although that's not really the purpose," he said. "There's also money from the state through the Clean and Green program that is easier to be eligible for if we have mandatory garbage pickup."

Edwards contends the majority of municipalities in the area have mandatory garbage pickup and probably 90 percent of all the township residents already pay for garbage pickup. Also, instead of having Dumpsters at the municipal building and in Owensdale for clean-up days, the garbage company would pick up the garbage at the customers' homes.

Edwards and Supervisor Chuck Cook have agreed to have the township solicitor draw up bid specifications concerning garbage pickup.

"I've been pretty adamantly against this because I don't like to make people do anything they don't want to do and most already have it, but I'm not opposed to at least looking at it," Cook said.

Supervisors are also starting to compile a 2011 budget.

Edwards this week presented a list of items he is hoping will be budgeted.

The first is the replacement of the light poles in front of the municipal building with three lights mounted on the building itself. Supervisors hope to replace six chairs in the meeting room and would like to have an Upper Tyrone Township sign made and mounted in front of the municipal building at an approximate cost of $4,000.

Supervisors have applied for a grant to do an engineering study for an addition to the township building to accommodate the tax collector and the sewage authority, Edwards said they might need to budget $20,000 for the project in case the grant doesn't come through.

Supervisors will also look at replacing the fence along the east side of the building at an approximate cost of $2,000 and update rest-rooms to make them handicapped accessible, which could be another $20,000.

Also, supervisors set trick or treat from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

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