Fell Twp. Supervisors have said they have one of the best garbage contracts around. But that doesn't mean there's no room for improvement.
During a meeting on Monday night, March 4, the supervisors were asked about a new garbage contract, but they responded that it wasn't due yet.
However, board chairman Ron Cosklo said the issue will be on the agenda for the supervisors' next meeting, scheduled for April 1. He stated that the supervisors intend to demand a cost reduction in the contract if they are going to agree to extend it.
Cosklo recounted that, when the last contract expired four years ago, Fell Twp. was equipped and prepared to begin collecting its own garbage. He said that enabled the township to negotiate what he called "probably the best garbage contract in the country" with its hauler, J.P. Mascaro & Sons.
Consequently, the township began returning a portion of the money previously allocated for garabage collection to its residents, in the form of an annual garbage rebate. Last month, the supervisors voted to increase that rebate from $100 to $150 due to rising heating oil and fuel costs for residents.
"This spike in fuel and heating costs is really killing people, especially senior citizens," Cosklo explained. "Everybody's hurting right now."
In other matters at the meeting, the supervisors:
•informed those in attendance that demolition of the Cisneros property on Owego Street is now scheduled for April;
•announced that PennDOT conducted an audit of the township's liquid fuels account for 2012, and the results were satisfactory;
•addressed a trailer and illegal parking issue on Midland Street, explaining that the solicitor sent a warning letter to the owner but the township has not received a response to date;
•noted that the township is still looking for a late-model, American-made backhoe to purchase.