January 9, 2013

Winthrop won't outsource trash hauling


WINTHROP -- The town will continue to haul its own residential trash to Orrington rather than have a contractor do part of the route.

Kevin Cookson, who was re-elected earlier this week as chairman of the Town Council, said Wednesday the town had asked the contractor, Pine Tree Waste Services, to consider a contract longer than a year and also inquired about fuel cost fluctuations.

Cookson said the contractor said the charges to the town could fluctuate depending on fuel costs. Cookson said it did not appear to generate much savings for the town, so council decided not to take any action on it.

The contractor would have hauled residential waste from Waterville to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington.

Town Manager Jeffrey Woolston said the transfer station manager had suggested the town consider the idea.

In other action at Monday's meeting, councilors approved receipt of a $4,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to support the expansion of the C.M. Bailey Public Library.

Councilors also had a first reading of a general noise ordinance directed largely at loud brakes on trucks.

Cookson said the ordinance covers three areas of town: between Pamela Drive and Lake Street along Route 133, between Squire Place and Royal Street on U.S. Route 202, and along U.S. 202 in East Winthrop.

Cookson said the state Department of Transportation will put up the signs about the noise restriction, but that Winthrop officers will enforce it.

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