New Stanton council hikes garbage fees to $13.65 per month |
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New Stanton residents will pay more — $13.65 monthly — for garbage pickup next year.

During a meeting Thursday, borough council awarded a three-year contract with an optional fourth year to Republic Services, formerly Greenridge Waste Service, the borough’s trash hauler for the last eight years.

“It’s worked very well,” President Scott Sistek said.

The cost does not include pickup for household hazardous waste.

Council nixed such hazardous waste from the contract after concluding the service would cost a total $10,040 more over the life of the contract for residents and noting only 15 residents between 2011 and 2014 got rid of their waste via a related Westmoreland Cleanways program.

Old paint, pesticides, pool chemicals and some car-care products are examples of household hazardous waste, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. Each Pennsylvanian produces an average 4 pounds of household hazardous waste yearly, or about 25,000 tons statewide each year, according to the agency’s website.

Residents currently pay $36.06 per quarter for trash removal, or $12.02 monthly, with senior citizens getting a discount.

Under the new contract, residents’ monthly garbage costs increase to $14 in 2016, $14.35 in 2017 and $14.75 during the option year.

Waste Management of Pennsylvania also had bid on the contract.

In another matter, Rob Cammarata, assistant fire chief, reported to council that his company wants to increase the fire hall rental fee for outside functions to help generate revenue. Efforts have been made to streamline the process of renting the hall, he added.

“We’re trying to make it more attractive for people to come in,” Cammarata said.

Cammarata offered a report to council at the board’s request. The fire company tends to break even each year, he said.

“The problem is, we spend $80,000, we take in $80,000,” he added.

The annual gun bash brings in an average $14,000, Cammarata said.

He said the fire company has 42 members, 22 of whom are active. The company has responded to 337 calls this year, with an average six men responding, he said.

Membership is still down, Cammarata said, “but it’s not as down as it was before.”

The Salvation Army continues to look for bell ringers to man locations at Hepler’s Hardware, the New Stanton Pharmacy and Jason Wilkinson Nursery, Sistek said. Money raised at those sites will be used only for Salvation Army services in the borough, the president said.

Anyone interested in ringing for the service agency can call 724-925-6888.

The annual children’s Christmas Party will be held 2-4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the fire hall.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724- 836-6622 or [email protected].

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