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Nisky’ Town Board clashes over 2012 budget

Recreation and leaf pickup fees protested by councilman

— McDonnell said she doesn’t believe the town’s programming is harming private companies. She said the camps and programming over the summer aren’t the same as child care centers.

“People don’t use this program like a child care [center] … we are not competing with any child care agency and the camp program has been around for 20 years,” she said. “If you work full time you’re probably not going to be using this program the same way.”

She said the town has been working with private groups to help them and that private groups also run some of the camps for the town.

“I think there is a really good partnership that goes on between the community and the town, she said.

In regards to leaf pickup, Landry said the details are still being worked out on how the fee will be implemented.

McKinney also disagreed with a start to leaf pickup charges, because he said including it in taxes is the easiest method for paying for it.

“Leaves are one of the things you cannot identify who actually uses it,” he said. “The reason we have leaf pick-up is because it is a hazard if you don’t pick them up. Those leaves go down and clog up the storm water pipes and when winter comes they become frozen blocks of ice.”

Landry said he didn’t believe there would a drop off in residents using the leaf pickup service after the fee is eliminated.

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