Macek: Trash Plan ‘Big Step Backward’

At least one Haverhill city councilor is not convinced a proposed automated trash pickup system will work for many city residents.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, councilor William Macek said changing over to trash and recycling pickup with 64-gallon wheeled containers would create nightmares for seniors and others.

“It would be a big step backward for the city,” Macek said. Mayor James J. Fiorentini outlined his proposed new, seven-year trash contract with Capitol Waste which he says would save the city as much as $300,000 per year with mechanical arms on new trash trucks replacing crew workers. A re-instituted Recycling Advisory Committee will further study the issue before a new trash contract is finalized.

Also, Haverhill city councilors unanimously passed, with revisions, a stricter city ordinance regulating large public shows and events which charge admission. Fiorentini had pushed for its passage since being submitted last April in response to traffic and other issues stemming from various public events held at Kimball Farm on East Broadway near the Rocks Village neighborhood. The council's Administration and Finance Committee recently held a public hearing on the matter before coming back to the full council.

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