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Derry council mulls garbage ordinance

| Sunday, June 24, 2012, 5:08 a.m.

Continuing its battle against public eyesores, Derry Borough Council is considering an ordinance for garbage collection.

Council members briefly discussed a solid-waste ordinance Monday night and will continue the discussion at their work session in March.

The borough does not require garbage collection even though many residents already pay to have their trash hauled away. The problem, said some council members, comes from residents who don't have their garbage regularly removed. Council members said they see too much trash piled on back porches or in other public areas.

"We need people to be responsible," council Vice President Debbie Matteo said after the meeting.

An approved ordinance would require all households to pay for pickup or face a citation.

Solicitor Matt Kovacik provided a copy of Blairsville's ordinance for review. It doesn't stipulate service by a single company for the whole borough, but Councilmen Todd Krehlik and John Denny said hiring one company may get residents a lower rate.

Council recently approved an ordinance prohibiting the storage of junk and abandoned vehicles unless $50 is paid for an annual permit.

In other business, Matteo reinstated the safety committee, which will be led by Councilman John Bradley. She recommended its reorganization after the borough was denied a new workers compensation insurance policy.

Duncan Insurance Group, of North Huntingdon Township, denied coverage because borough workers filed too many claims within three years. Council agreed last month to switch the policy to Duncan for a premium costing $10,483 less than the current policy with the Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange.

Matteo said the borough still has a policy with HARIE until September.

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