Hampstead considers 96-pound trash limit

February 23, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

Trash collection for Hampstead businesses and households may be limited to 96 pounds every week if a new ordinance discussed by the Town Council last night is passed.

The council is considering the limit -- there is none now -- as a way to guarantee some town-provided trash collection for businesses.

Only households are covered under the town's three-year contract with Waste Management Inc., but the company has been collecting trash from businesses anyway, town officials said. The 96-pound limit -- equivalent to what is contained in three standard-size trash cans -- would enable Waste Management to continue business refuse collection.

The limit would not apply to recyclables such as glass, paper, metal and cardboard.

The proposed limit brought disdain from several town business owners, including Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt, who was concerned that the town may not be treating businesses well.

"This is so unreal," she said. "We're creating stress over trasand garbage."

Discussion of the ordinance was continued to next month's Town Council meeting.

For more than 90 minutes last night, the council discussed trash, traffic and recyclables.

Traffic continues to plague Route 30, the town's Main Street and primary traffic headache. Councilman Dwight O. Womer reported that the traffic committee studied several State Highway Administration proposals and made some of its own.

Some of the recommendations -- questioned by Councilwoman Hyatt and Councilman Arthur H. Moler -- included placing a parking lot in a vacant property next to the First National Bank building on the west side of Main Street and restricting parking on parts of Main Street.

Mayor C. Clinton Becker proposed closing a portion of Black Rock Road and use it as parking, as the state has recommended. But he said it should be done on a trial basis.

The council deferred any action on his or the traffic committee's proposals.

In other business, the council permanently moved its monthly meetings to the second Tuesday of the month, effective immediately. The meetings had been held on the third Monday.

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