JAY — Residents voted Tuesday in favor of having the town contract with an outside company to provide curbside trash and recyclables pickup.

The town currently provides the service.

The vote was 457-322, Town Clerk Ronda Palmer said.

The vote is considered an advisory vote to selectpersons as they look for ways to cut expenses in light of Verso Corp.’s proposed elimination of 300 jobs at its Androscoggin Mill.

If the service were to be eliminated, it is estimated to save the town $250,000 a year.

It is estimated that a private company can provide the service for $120,000, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said previously.

Selectpersons told residents at a public hearing in September they couldn’t continue to support keeping the curbside pickup service as is because of the cost and the need to plan ahead in light of the Verso paper mill layoffs. 

The Board of Selectpersons is expected to discuss the vote when they meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the Town Office.

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