Monday, August 18, 2008

Now this is going to be interesting...

Beginning Tuesday, August 19th, the Department of Public Works will begin reclaiming city-issued trash barrels belonging to households for which the annual $90 per barrel fee has not been paid since the trash fee became effective in July 2007.

The collection of city-issued barrels follows two recent mailings advising home owners that their trash fee was unpaid .

Barrels will be collected from homes on regularly scheduled trash pick-up days.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said homeowners must continue to pay the $90 fee while the city considers a solid waste master plan that is more cost effective for the city and its residents.

“Unfortunately, the business of trash collection and disposal is a very large ticket item and the City simply cannot shoulder the finances without this fee,” said Sarno. “But we are actively looking at alternatives with a concentration on finding a solution that is most cost effective for not only residents, but also the City.”

Those wishing to pay the past due fee immediately, may do so online at Click on “pay city taxes and fees online.” Under “Bill Type,” choose “Refuse/Trash Fee.”

Other options include paying in person at the Collector’s Office in Springfield City Hall or by mail at Collectors Office, Springfield City Hall, 36 Court St., Springfield, MA 01103. Write Trash Fee on the envelope.

Residents who want more information or believe they have received a warning in error can call DPW Customer Service at 787-6260.

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