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Glenville drops bulk-item service

Rising costs have forced the town of Glenville to discontinue its spring bulk pick-up program, but Scotia residents will still be able to get rid of unwanted appliances through the village's large-appliance pick-up service.

Glenville officials announced last week that the town would no longer be able to provide residents with the bulk item pick-up that has taken place in past years.

According to the town clerk's office, state prevailing wage laws, which determine hourly rates for public works jobs, have made the cost of providing the service prohibitive. Town Clerk Linda Neals said last year the town paid County Waste approximately $9,900 to provide bulk-item pick-up service. This year, town officials were told that, under the prevailing wage requirements, the contract amount could have been in excess of $30,000 for the same level of service.

Options will still be out there for our residents, including contacting a garbage service like County Waste or using the recycling center, said Neals.

There has also been discussion about whether or not to start having residents bag loose leaves for pick-up. Currently residents in Scotia and Glenville can sweep the leaves to the side of the road for pick-up. Glenville has stated it will continue loose-leaf service while the village looks into the possibility of requiring bags.

Scotia will also continue picking up bulk items in the spring as part of their large appliance pick-up program. The items will be collected on residents' regular trash collection days during the first two full weeks of April. Items must be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. the day of collection.

A sticker must be purchased from the Village Clerk's Office for each appliance to be picked up. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sticker must be affixed to the item in plain view. Items with a potential entrapment hazard, such as refrigerators and freezers, must have their doors removed. Items covered under the service inlcude washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, hot water tanks, dishwashers, gas grills and air conditioners. Items not covered by the program are furnaces, counter-top appliances and LP tanks.

Questions regarding whether an item is covered should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 393-2159.

"It's a service that our residents both appreciate and expect. We just need to make sure people follow the rules so we can stay up to code," said Public Works Superintendent Tom Cushing.

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