During a Wednesday night work session, town council discussed keeping the tax rate at 69 mils, the figure used in creating the $5-million budget passed in June. An official vote on the tax rate is planned Sept. 11.
During that same session, council discussed upcoming changes in trash collection.
New bins and waste pick up routines will be in place by the end of the month, town engineer Tony Maglioni said.
He has been working with Waste Pro on the transition since council agreed in June to contract out trash pick up to save money.
To reach full savings potential -- starting at about $60,000 a year -- Waste Pro will use new trucks with automated side-loading arms that lift trash bins and require less manual labor.
Residents will receive new 95-gallon bins between Sept. 23 and 28.
Their current 90-gallon bins will be recycled to replace the current 18-gallon recycling bins.
The larger recycling bins mean recycling will be picked up every other Wednesday, starting Oct. 9, rather than once a week.
The 18-gallon bins can be left at the curb for pickup Oct. 2.
Since the new trash pick up is expected to be faster, some changes may be made to routes and the days trash is picked up, Maglioni said. Affected residents will be notified.
Other changes are also in the works.
Starting Sept. 30, new rules for yard waste pickup also go into effect.
Leaves, grass clippings and bush trimmings must go in one pile, and branches no longer than 4 feet and no thicker than 4 inches must be put in a second. That means trucks can target the waste to the center best equipped to handle it.
Brochures describing the changes will be distributed to residents.
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