Proposed changes to the city’s trash and recycling collection system face further discussion at the Haverhill City Council tomorrow.
On Tuesday’s meeting agenda, City Councilor William Macek has requested a discussion on a “alternative plan for voluntary waste reduction” and curbside pickup of trash and recycling. Macek recently criticized Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s proposal, under a new trash pickup contract, to bring automated trash and recycling pickup using new 65-gallon containers and trucks equipped with a robotic arm to empty them.
- A voluntary plan where residents may choose between toters or bags
- Reduce allowed household disposal from three to two 35-gallon bags weekly; excess trash requires pay-per-bag
- Use rear feed toter tippers rather than automatic collection trucks
- Residents will be responsible for buying their own bags or toters
Macek calls his plan “a starting point” for further discussion.
Also in council matters, plans to further discuss the request by developer Magnum Partners, LLC, that the city accept Magnavista Drive and Perspective Drive as public ways, may be subject to further delay.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. banned John H. Pearson Jr., manager of Magnum Partners, from banking in 2011 because of his role in the failure of Butler Bank, Lowell. Pearson was also fined $225,000. The Massachusetts Division of Banks seized Butler Bank in April, 2010, and named FDIC as the receiver. People’s United Bank, Bridgeport, Conn, assumed deposits.
Magnum Partners LLC member Stephen Doherty is requesting the council further postpone a scheduled public hearing until next week’s regular meeting, in order to ensure all outstanding items required by the Haverhill Conservation Committee are completed.
The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in council chambers at Haverhill City Hall.