The Select Board voted Monday to enter into a contract with Archie’s Inc. of Mexico to provide curbside collection for trash and recyclables beginning Dec. 1. … They also voted to sell the town’s two trash trucks to Archie’s for $105,000, which will be used to offset the $120,000 cost for the first year of privatization. Other estimates for the trucks were $82,000 and $84,000, Public Works Foreman John Johnson said. Residents favored privatizing the service on Nov. 3 in an advisory vote to the Select Board with a vote of 457-322 to eliminate it. Currently, the town provides the service. Privatizing the service will save the town $130,000, while elimination would have saved $250,000.
Jay voters favor privatizing trash pickup over elimination
Source: Donna Perry, Franklin Sun Journal, November 3, 2015
Residents voted Tuesday in favor of having the town contract with an outside company to provide curbside trash and recyclables pickup. … The vote was 457-322, Town Clerk Ronda Palmer said. The vote is considered an advisory vote to selectpersons as they look for ways to cut expenses in light of Verso Corp.’s proposed elimination of 300 jobs at its Androscoggin Mill. … Selectpersons told residents at a public hearing in September they couldn’t continue to support keeping the curbside pickup service as is because of the cost and the need to plan ahead in light of the Verso paper mill layoffs.