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LP Supers Met With Silence on Trash Talks

Melissa S. Treacy

Friday, August 15, 2014 • 10:45am

The question of trash hauling has come up more than once in Lower Providence Township. The current agreement, which has been in place for the past five years, forces each and every resident to use J.P. Mascaro and Sons for trash and recycling needs. The program, which currently only allows for one service level, includes two weekly pick-ups for trash, one weekly recycling pick-up, yard waste collection and bulk item pick-ups.

Unless you were grandfathered in prior to the current contract, this service is the only you may use in the township. That same system is now up for discussion. With a decision expected this fall, the township’s board of supervisors has made repeated attempts to garner public opinion on the matter. As previously reported by LP TAP, the topic has been placed on the agenda at monthly meetings on June 26 and June 5. Click on each date to read summaries about the topic from the prior meetings.

Despite the plea, the supervisors have received little input on the matter. Last week’s meeting was no different.

The supervisors placed the trash item on the agenda again for the meeting, Aug. 7. According to Supervisor Patrick Duffy, the board hoped to hear questions and comments regarding the upcoming decision from passionate township residents. Instead, the board hear silence.

“Regarding public comment, would anyone like to come up and voice an opinion on the matter?” said Duffy at the live meting. “We’d love to hear it.”

The response was less than inspiring.

“Hearing none, we will place this on the agenda again,” said Duffy. Not one person was in attendance to speak about the trash.

Stating the meetings are often rebroadcasted on local television, Duffy extended his plea again, asking that residents come forward to make their desires known.

“Please to the affect you can, send the board of supervisors emails, a phone call, get in touch with [Township Manager Richard] Gestrich,” asked Duffy. “Let us know your opinion on trash service or what you think of the level of service you have.”

Supervisor Don Thomas chimed in on the request, as well.

“We are looking for feedback on this,” said Thomas. “To recap a little, some ideas are having a two-tiered system, since some residents don’t require a two-times per week pick-up. There could be a system where they could opt for a once-a-week pick-up at a lower price.”

Thomas echoed Duffy’s plea for input.

“Any feedback you would have is welcome,” said Thomas. “We’ve been living under this [contract] one for five years, and we’re getting great service at a decent price, but we’d like to hear before we lock it down for another five years.”

The supervisors reminded residents this was the chance to weigh in, for or against a choice program.

“After it is signed, it is a little late to complain,” said Thomas.

The next meeting of the Lower Providence Township board of supervisors will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Township Building, located at 100 Parklane Drive on Aug. 21. The supervisors meet the first and third Thursday of each month, and pubic comment is welcome at each meeting.

The following are the email accounts for each supervisor, should you choose to send your opinion by email:

·      Colleen Eckman: ceckman@lowerprovidence.org

·      Jason Sorgini: jsorgini@lowerprovidence.org

·      Patrick Duffy: pduffy@lowerprovidence.org

·      Don Thomas: dthomas@lowerprovidence.org

·      Jill Zimmerman: jzimmerman@lowerprovidence.org

Township Manager Richard Gestrich can be reached by calling the administration building at 610-539-8020.

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