City Council considering clean-up days

Warren residents are paying more for recycling than in the past.

Plans are now in the works for the service that will be paid for out of that increase.

Warren City Council approved a proposal for a series of community clean-up days at its meeting last Monday night.

Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz said that he has consulted some other communities about what such an event might look like.

After speaking with the local waste hauler, Holtz told council the “cost to pick up the entire seven sections (was) much higher than revenue generated from (increased recycling) fees.”

With revenue not permitting all seven sections to be included in one year, Holtz proposed a three-year cycle. He said providing the service for two sections of the city in one year would be “close to that budget.”

“(I) realize that doing this could take three years to get around the city,” he said.

Councilman Jim Zavinski asked what items would be eligible to be picked up.

Holtz provided several examples, including furniture, old appliances, mattresses and lawnmowers.

Many things, including paint and electronics, cannot be included in the clean-up due to other laws and regulations.

Councilman Sam Harvey said the three-year cycle will be confusing to the general public. He proposed that the revenue generated by recycling fees be saved for three years and then “have everybody do it all at once. I don’t think this is (a) necessary (service) at all. Once every three years seems pretty reasonable.”

Council Vice President Maurice Cashman asked Holtz for his recommendation.

“I think in many ways, many of the areas we have targeted, (I’m) not sure this will always take care of the problem areas,” Holtz said. He advocated that the money be collected in 2013, 2014 and 2015 with the pick-up scheduled city-wide in 2016.

Cashman then made a motion that the first city-wide pick-up be held in 2014.

“I don’t think it’s going to do much good,” Zavinski said.

The measure passed 6-1, with Zavinski the sole dissenting vote. When Cashman voted, he jokingly said, “Yes. And Mr. Zavinski is not allowed to put anything out.”