Dell says decision on trash collection won't be rushed

September 09, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County commissioners will not be pushed into making a decision to change the way trash is collected in the county before the November election, Commissioner Donald I. Dell said yesterday.

Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown said that if the commissioners don't decide soon, officials from five towns may decide to dump trash in a Pennsylvania landfill with a lower tipping fee than the county landfill.

Mr. Brown, who is running for commissioner in Tuesday's primary, asked the officials to make a decision before the election.

He spoke during the commissioners' quarterly meeting with the mayors at the County Office Building.

He advocated a countywide trash collection system and said it would save residents money.

County residents contract with private haulers, paying $108 to $180 a year for pickup. Haulers crisscross the county to get to customers.

Westminster, Hampstead, Taneytown, New Windsor and Union Bridge have a joint contract with Waste Management Inc. to collect trash. The annual cost is about $85 per household, Mr. Brown said.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy, who is running for re-election, said he would be willing to make a decision by November. He said he favors some kind of countywide collection.

Commissioner Julia W. Gouge, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, said she wants to talk with trash haulers again.

Mr. Brown said haulers have been given too much say. Three haulers sat on a citizens committee evaluating the collection system. The haulers voted against any changes.

"I don't think they should be driving the decision," he said.

Mrs. Gouge said many haulers have been Carroll residents all of their lives and should be consulted.

Small haulers worry that they might go out of business if they had to bid against large haulers for county business.

Mr. Dell, also running for re-election, said he is happy with the current system, adding,"Nobody has convinced me that countywide trash hauling is the way to go."

A countywide system would create a new bureaucracy, he said.

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