Board nixes summer transfer station hours

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WEST PARIS – Acting on a recommendation from Town Manager Donald Woodbury Thursday, selectmen voted unanimously not to extend hours at the transfer station this summer.

Woodbury explained that use was slow during the special evening hours on Wednesdays last summer “and I don’t feel it is worth the extra costs of keeping the station open the added three hours as we have over the past two years.”

When the special summer hours were instituted in 2004 it allowed for attendants to keep the station open on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. rather than closing at 4 p.m.

As a result of Thursday’s vote, station hours will remain from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

Also regarding the transfer station, the board is considering charging a fee for construction debris.

Board Chairman Bill Berney said, “We have considered this before and I think we need to address it seriously now. Construction debris fills up a bin quickly and results in our having to pay for extra hauling.”

Berney added, “We also need to let people know that large items like portions of walls and carpets need to be cut into small pieces to avoid ending up with large air spaces in the bin. All construction debris placed in the bin needs to lay down a flat as possible so more can be placed there.”

The issue of construction fees will be on the agenda for the board’s May 25 meeting.

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