SPRINGHILL – Spring clean up will remain the week of April 25.
Springhill Town Council explored the idea of pushing the date of the annual bulky item collection to a later date in May, but after a recommendation from its Public Works Engineer, the date will not change this year but could in the coming 2012.
“It’s actually a little too late to make that change,” CAO Don Tobor explained. “For collectors to change their plans could result in additional costs to cover the long weekend in May.”
Also, Tabor said, the Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority coordinates Springhill’s clean up with the Town of Amherst. To change the collection date would create significant hurdles.
“Some councilors felt putting trash out in April tends to get weight and that water weight costs us more for removal, and I don’t dispute that,” Tabor said. If people are putting out their trash now and we change the date, though, it’s still going to get wet. That’s not to say we won’t look at changing it next year.”
The Muncipality of Cumberland County does not conduct its bulky item clan up until August, Mayor Allen Dill, and there may be an opportunity to coordinate next year’s clean up with the county. Also, the county holds a construction and demolition clean up, as well. Something the mayor would like to offer citizens in Springhill who are not allowed to included building waste, like old windows and shingles, in their trash.
In the interim, Dill and Tabor are asking citizens to help keep the cost of the bulky item collection down by looking for ways of not adding water weight to their trash. Securing refuse in bags, making sure white goods like fridges and washers are sealed from the elements and waiting until the day of clean up to put out plush furniture and mattresses will help keep these items dry and free from added weight.
“The contract is for a set fee based on the previous year, so the cost of this year’s bulky clean up factors into next year’s tax rate. If it goes up then taxes go up,” Dill said.