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Busy Night for Selectmen

by Chris Cain
March 19, 2019

The Board approved several items and tabled some.  Read on to get the details.

The Board approved several items and tabled some.  Read on to get the details.

During Public Comment, Christine Beling, representing Holliston's Sustainable Waste Management Committee, and Kathi Mirza, from MassDEP, asked the Board to reconsider the vote taken at the March 4th meeting regarding the size of the trash barrels to be used in Holliston.  Unfortunately, the committee was not represented at the earlier meeting and Chris and Kathi brought new financial data that convinced the Board to revote at next week's Selectmen's meeting.  In light of this decision, the proposed FY 20 budget for Solid Waste will be reviewed at next week's meeting.

The following items were approved:

  • a new telephone pole for installation on Chestnut Street 
  • the re-appointment of Liz Greendale as a Registrar of Voters
  • the submission of the Green Commuity Grant Application
  • authorized the Town Admininstrator to sign a contract with JP Hayes for Mudville water main replacement
  • the contract bid of E5 Builders to replace doors and windows at the Senior Center
  • to overspend the Snow and Ice budget if needed
  • the Waste Water Treatment FY 20 budget

Attorney Dan Brown, Holliston's Labor Counsel, presented a revised Consolidated Personnel By-law that will be voted on by the Board at next week's meeting.

Matt Coletti, representing the Economic Development Committee, discussed with the Board the need for and the appropriate language for a proposed Town Meeting Article regarding how the Committee gets funds and disperses them.  After much discussion, it was suggested that the EDC attend the joint meeting of the Board and the Finance Committee on March 28th to see what if any financial impact the EDC's proposal has on the town.

Bob Malone from the Council on Aging and Linda Marshall, Sr Ctr Director presented a revised budget.  The cuts made should allow for the current staff of van drivers to be maintained throughout the year.

Mark your calendars!  July 13, 2019 will be Hazardous Waste Disposal Day in Holliston.

 

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Comments (3)

A big thank you to John Cronin who took the time to reach out and explain the thought process. Monday night the selectman will be making a motion.

The single stream recycling is proposed to be the large bin, while the trash will be the smaller bin. Apparently if the trash bin is too large, Holliston would lose their recycling grant which amounts to several hundred thousand over a period of time. This is set up to continue to encourage recycling. Residents that have more trash on a given week will always have the option to tag bags with the trash stickers as is the current practice. Weekly pickup will continue and hopefully our streets will not look like a war zone on trash day with bins and recycling blowing all over. Thanks John for a thoughtful process!

- Gary Zegel | 3/21/19 8:26 AM

My guess is the DEP will want bigger recycle bins and smaller trash bins.

Trash has to get picked up weekly. Recycle can be bi-weekly or weekly.

Pick up schedule - I hear people saying they want the schedule changed. Just curious - are there some days that are worse than others. I have lived in a lot of places and had trash pickup on every day of the week and have never noticed an advantage/disadvantage between days

- Bill Littlefield | 3/20/19 4:31 PM

Can someone point me in the right direction to find details of the upcoming switch to a new waste collection company. I am particularly interested in the input mentioned in the article to reevaluate the size of the collection bins, and also what the collection schedule would be. Since the selectmen picked the middle size collection bins, I am guessing it will either be recommended to go larger or smaller with input from MassDep community coordinator.

I have noticed that the company selected operates differently in different towns. Some towns have weekly collection, and some have every other week.

What has been negotiated for Holliston and what are the deciding inputs to choose collection bin size?

Love to see the information that the selectmen have been working with. Thanks in advance for your help.

- Gary Zegel | 3/19/19 2:59 PM

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