Jay sends revised ordinance to voters

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JAY — Selectpersons voted unanimously Monday evening to accept the Solid Waste Committee’s revised recommendations and a revised Recycling and Waste Disposal Ordinance.

The panel’s recommendations were incorporated into the proposed ordinance that will go to voters at the annual town meeting referendum in April 2018.

Several people gave their input in November on the committee’s recommendations. Those comments were factored into the new recommendations and proposed ordinance.

Among the revised recommendations are that the town discontinue curbside collection to apartment buildings or complexes of residential buildings, which contain more than five dwelling units per parcel.  

This allows the people who have the service to continue to have it, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said. 

There are no apartment buildings or building complexes that have five units or more that have town-contracted curbside trash and collection service, she said. 

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The recommendations prohibit town curbside collection service to regional school units; medical facilities; hotels, motels, bed and breakfast facilities; markets, bakeries, grocery stores; and manufacturers or industrial facilities. 

Removed from the recommendations to not allow the service were food vendors; trailer parks and manufactured home parks; condominiums; and apartment buildings or complexes of residential buildings that have fewer than five units.

The committee recommended the proposed amended Recycling and Waste Disposal Ordinance be placed on the April town meeting warrant for adoption. The panel also suggests the contracted collection service be put out to bid in 2019-20 after the ordinance has been updated.

The committee recommends continuing to contract with the current provider for 2018-19 for $123,000. It recommends that the budget appropriation for curbside collection be put on the warrant as a separate line item, apart from the overall Transfer Station and/or Public Works Department budget.

If voters approve curbside collection in April, the committee recommends that the Transfer Station hours be reduced from 32 to 24 hours with a schedule of 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 9 a.m to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday. 

Current language in the ordinance allows the Board of Selectpersons to adopt rules for the operation of the facility and to review its hours of operation after the April town meeting vote, LaFreniere said.

The Solid Waste Committee also recommends that the town use Public Works Department employees along with one full-time Transfer Station employee to begin Jan. 1, 2019.  Members further recommend the public works and transfer facility budgets be put together for the April warrant and to capture any efficiencies possible through the combining of the two departments.

Selectpersons accepted the recommendation to increase tire fees by $1 for passenger cars to $3 each, and truck tires by $3 to $13 each. An additional $3 will be added to the fees for tires with rims.

Off-road tires would increase by 5 cents a pound to 15 cents per pound. 

The proposed ordinance eliminates the requirement of using clear or transparent bags containing solid waste.  

LaFreniere said when the town stopped selling transparent bags the requirement was dropped. This updates the ordinance to what is in place now, she said.

The ordinance does allow for selectpersons, at their discretion, to reinstitute clear and transparent bag requirements as they deem necessary.

Recyclables are required to be loose in a recycling container and not in bags to be taken to the town-contracted single-sort facility. 

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