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BURRELL TOWNSHIP: Dates set for free Spring Cleanup

by on April 17, 2014 10:55 AM

BLACK LICK — Burrell Township residents will be allowed to dispose of rubbish at no charge again this month in an annual Spring Cleanup program sponsored by the board of supervisors as a way to reduce the amount of garbage that people illegally dump on rural roadsides.

But for the first time, the supervisors will put a limit on the amount of trash that residents may bring in.

The township will station roll-off collection bins near the municipal building from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 25, 26 and 27, and will charge fees only for certain products that must be recycled: $10 for appliances containing refrigerants, $5 for other large appliances and $2 for tires.

The township will separate electronics for a separate disposal program, and turn away items such as paint and other liquids prohibited from landfill disposal.

As for the rest of the waste, the supervisors will decide when enough is enough.

People have dumped multiple truckloads of trash in the past, and supervisor Anthony Distefano said the program was not intended for that.

“It takes all our effort, everyone else has to wait, and it encourages abuse of the system,” Distefano said. “We should reserve the right to refuse any load for any reason.

“I can understand people cleaning out estates. That’s OK, for two or three loads. But the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh loads, you should have to pay.”

The supervisors said the Evergreen Landfill charges $56 per ton of waste disposed there.

Although the program is meant only for rubbish generated in Burrell Township, the supervisors suspect people have been dumping trash from other people at the township’s expense.

“They say ‘this is my neighbor’s, this is my mother’s, this is my brother’s,’” Distefano said.

“You start running out of friends and neighbors when you get to six or seven loads. That’s what happens … and that’s not what it’s intended for. You should go to the dump.

“We have to try and draw a line somewhere.”

In other business, the supervisors:

• Approved an application to the Indiana County commissioners for a share of the county’s allocation of state liquid fuels tax funds. The township is tentatively seeking $46,228 to go toward an estimated $194,142 project to resurface about 1.75 miles of roads with 1,869 tons of paving materials this summer.

Distefano said the work plan is not final, but that streets in the Smith Plan and Snyders Lane are among the top priorities.

Distefano and Chairman Larry Henry approved the application. Supervisor John Shields was absent.

• Exonerated township tax collector Brenda Pizer of obligations to collect the unpaid per capita tax bills for 2013 and turned the delinquencies over to Berkheimer Associates for collection.

• Reported that a land development plan submitted by Tetra Tech, of Pittsburgh, will be held for 30 days of review before the supervisors vote on approval. Tetra Tech has designed the construction of a pump station for an existing natural gas transmission line on 3.5 acres of land on the north side of Route 22.

• Announced that the township office will be closed tomorrow for Good Friday and May 9 for the county’s township convention.

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