Town considers recycling contractors
by Emily Blake
Apr 11, 2017 | 2410 views | 0 0 comments | 185 185 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HALIFAX- Three private contractors are being considered to handle the town’s recycling when services currently provided by Windham Solid Waste Management end June 30. Each company would charge approximately $7,000 for one year. Chair Lewis Sumner said he would like a representative from each company to be at the next selectboard meeting so people have a chance to ask questions.

Cara Cheyette suggested learning more about the terms of each contract before making a decision, using contaminated recycling bins as an example.

“It might be that one of your vendors is going to cover the town and take (the recycling) no matter what, and maybe another’s policy is to actually charge,” Cheyette said. “You might want to know and get some of those things in writing. What are the contingencies and how do they deal with the unexpected?”

Sumner said those were the types of questions he would like to ask the representatives in order to decide which contractor to use.

An application is being submitted for a paving and structure grant from the state. Road commissioner Bradley Rafus said the grant of $175,000 would be put toward paving Branch Road. There are four and a half grants available, and Halifax is currently fifth on a list to receive the grant.

“It’s going to come down to, if another town does not apply, then we’ll get a full grant,” Rafus said. “But if it comes down to getting half a grant, I’d rather wait another year.”

Rafus said once a town receives a grant it goes to the bottom of the list, so it would be more beneficial to wait one year for the full grant.

Alice Aldrich was appointed to the planning commission and zoning board, for three year terms respectively. Aldrich replaces Sirean LaFlamme who did not wish to continue her positions on the boards. Sumner was reappointed as a representative for Windham Solid Waste Management, and Cheyette will replace Rafus as the second representative.
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