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Apr 15, 2015 10:16 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Flanders Residents Continue To Trash Garbage District

Apr 18, 2015 7:46 AM

Most of the nearly 100 people who piled into the David W. Crohan Community Center Monday evening did so to air their grievances over a proposed garbage district that could be established in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton.

Many of those who spoke during the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association meeting said that if the district is eventually created, it would result in an unnecessary tax hike, kill local carting businesses, and create a monopoly in the garbage collection industry.

“What I don’t like is that my freedom of choice is being taken away,” said Dory Denario, who lives in Flanders. “I have a low rate on my garbage, because I took the time to negotiate with my carter. What upsets me most is you want to take that away from me.”

Ms. Denario, who runs a day care out of her home, said she negotiated the price and pays less than $25 per month for curbside service twice per week.

Southampton Town has received eight bids for a one-year contract, with two possible one-year extensions, to collect trash in the district. The proposal would bring curbside pickup to about 2,100 homes in the three hamlets and include two household trash pickups per week, as well as one recyclables pickup and one bulk trash pickup each week. Additionally, there would be about 10 days per year set aside for yard waste pickup as well.

The bids that were opened last month ranged from a low of $24.47 per month for a single-family household to a high of $60 per month. Three of the bidders said prices would vary and did not provide an exact amount. No bid has yet been chosen by the town. Commercial properties are not included in the district.

The bid includes the possibility of a 5-percent increase each year, if the carter and the town agree on the price.

“Are we going to jump negotiations right to a 5-percent increase? Not on my watch,” Town Councilman Brad Bender said during a presentation on the proposal Monday night.

Mr. Bender, a former president of FRNCA who lives in Northampton, also noted that the bid package would have to be reworded to include non-paved roads. The current package includes only paved roads, which Mr. Bender said was an error.

At this point, the town plans on handling administrative costs internally and not hiring additional employees to field calls made regarding potential problems with pickup.

The proposal is still in its preliminary stages and a majority vote by homeowners in the district would ultimately be necessary for it to be created. That vote could be scheduled for this fall.

Many of those present Monday said they did not think FRNCA’s leaders accurately represented the opinion of the community.

“We were watching our neighboring towns,” Vince Taldone, president of FRNCA, told the group. “Every time they bid out [for the garbage district], the prices were going down. At the same time, our members were telling us their prices were going up, so we asked the town to look into it.”

Others in attendance said they have gathered more than 200 signatures on a petition from those who oppose the district that they eventually intend to present to the Town Board. They have also joined a Facebook group, titled “Flanders Homeowners Against Town Garbage Pickup.”

Ron Fisher, who owns two homes in Flanders, is leading the charge along with his brother, Frank, who owns Go-Green Sanitation in Southampton and also lives in Flanders, to gather signatures on the petition that asks the Town Board to kill the idea.

Ron Fisher said he thinks taxing seasonal residents for 12 months of pickup, which is part of the bid package, is wrong as well. “They compared it to seasonal residents paying fire department taxes, but your house can combust at any time,” he said. “Your trash can can’t fill up on its own while they aren’t there.”

Susan Tocci, another Flanders resident who uses Go-Green for her pickup, said she is concerned that a district will cost the smaller carting companies business. “When you put these small companies out of business, it hurts the whole area,” she said.

The town is planning to hold a public hearing on the proposal next month, but Mr. Bender said a date has not been finalized yet.

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give it a rest girl
By Shout ot loud (20), Southampton on Apr 15, 15 10:02 PM
give it a rest girl
By Shout ot loud (20), Southampton on Apr 15, 15 10:02 PM
One quick note, the petition doesn't ask the town board to kill the idea. The petition states that "I live in Flanders, Riverside or Northampton. I am against Southampton Town creating a garbage district in my hamlet." My hope is that the people who signed the petition will attend the May 15th meeting at Phillips Ave. School and let the board know how and why they feel the way they do.
By RonFisher (28), Flanders, New York on Apr 15, 15 10:15 PM
Why bother with a petition? The vote on this is your petition.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Apr 18, 15 5:12 PM
If all the complainers had been members of FRNCA, this would not be an issue. FRNCA has been the voice of the community for the Town Board for a while. No one is shoving anything down anybody's throat. It was FRNCA, responding to complaints from residents who came up with this idea. Give it a try for a year or two then reevaluate.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Apr 18, 15 1:09 PM
Hello I don't think as our taxes will skyrocket and they'll do a crappy job and put private carting businesses out of business and or render them an unsalable enterprise just happen to someone I know closing on a deal to sell his garbage business and the buyer backed out for now until this plays out... We can hire our own garbage companies we don't need to pay through the nose in taxes to let the town do it. Wake up!!!
By lursagirl (231), southampton on Apr 19, 15 2:56 PM
Perhaps Ms. Denario would like to improve the looks of the neighborhood by taking her cans in, rather than leaving them chained to the fence in her front yard 7 days a week.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 15 11:42 PM
whats the main reason for a Town run garbage district? why does Town need to provide these services rather than let people get private service? this is more of a question than a challenge
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