Public Meeting Set For Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Garbage District

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Southampton Town officials have scheduled a public meeting for next month to solicit opinions from homeowners who would be included as part of a proposed garbage district in the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton.

The meeting has been scheduled for Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m., at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside.

Property owners would have to vote in favor of creating the garbage district, which would be financed through a separate property tax, in order for it to be created. Town officials said a public vote could be scheduled as early as this fall.

After putting out a request earlier this year, the town received eight bids from carters interested in signing a one-year contract, with two possible one-year extensions, to collect trash for about 2,100 homes in the proposed district.

The bids received by the town ranged from as low as $24.47 per month for a single-family household to a high of $60 per month.

No bid has yet been chosen by the town.

Homeowners in the district have been invited to attend next month’s meeting to share their opinions and concerns about the proposal. The idea was introduced as a way to combat widespread illegal dumping in the three communities.

If the garbage district was created, the service would include three days of curbside pickup: two household trash pickups per week, one recyclables pickup and one bulk trash pickup that would fall on the same day as one of the household trash pickup days. Additionally, there would be about 10 days per year set aside for yard waste pickup as well.

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