UPDATE: McFee Withdraws Support on Trash Pickup

Long an ardent supporter, Town Councilor Dana McFee says he is no longer "driving force behind the issue."


UPDATE March 5, 8:30 a.m.:

Town Councilor Dana McFee, fervent supporter of curbside pickup, has chagned his mind. In an emailed statement to Montville Patch, McFee said the program proposal was perhaps a longshot and without public support he can no longer stand behind the plan.

"I am withdrawing my support for town wide trash pick up. I knew from the start this was going to be an uphill battle and the only way to implement this service would have been from overwhelming public support in order to force the Democratic majority on the council to go along. Unfortunately, I have not seen that level of support from those who would benefit most, so I no longer feel it's worth the effort. If Town Councilor Chuck Longton wants to continue with the cause, I will support his efforts, but I will no longer be the driving force behind this issue."  ~ Dana McFee



Original Story:

For more than a year, a plan for town-wide garbage pick-up has bee on the table. Now, the hard numbers are in and on Wednesday, the Public Works/Solid Waste Standing Committee will make some decisions on the RFP for town wide trash pickup. 

Currently, it costs $447,857 a year to run the transfer station. With town-wide trash pickup the cost will increase to $1 million and change with two less staffers, no full time employee at all and the dump would only be open two days a week. Layoffs would be required; two employees would get pink slips.

Now, according to the town website, a transfer station sticker for the disposal of household waste is $55, with seniors paying $45. The station is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

With proposed town-wide trash pickup, 7,300 households would see an annual approximate $80 per household tax increase. Households that currently use curbside pickup would pay less than they currently do; $264 a year is average.

The transfer station would be used for bulky waste, recycling, and the like.

Town Councilor Dana McFee, who has been banging the drum loudly on the proposal for some time says curbside pickup is a win-win for residents.

“I cannot tell you how many times people have said to me, ‘what do we get for our tax dollars? Nothing.’ As elected officials it is our duty to act in the best interest of the whole community and this service benefits all. How often do you see a town offer a valuable service like this and save people money at the same time,” he asked rhetorically. “It would be almost criminal for this council to deny the people of Montville this service which benefits so many.”

Town Councilor Chuck Longton, committee chair, said councilors need to hear from the community.

“As Montville grows we will outgrow the transfer station as it is now used. That is inevitable. Is this the time to make the switch or not,” he asked. “Our intent is to let the town's residents decide.”

Longton said there will be “at least one public hearing to give you opportunity to weigh in, ask questions and get as complete answers as we possibly can.”

“Switching to residential pickup would be a major change for the town's people and we are anxious to hear from as many of you as possible,” he said.

Longton encouraged residents to reach out him with questions and concerns via email at chuck2200@gmail.com. 

In October, Stirling Superior trash hauler made the lowest bid for town-wide pickup, but as Donald W. Bourdeau, Jr., Public Works Director, said at the time, the bid process is “just one side of the equation.” 

Lynda J. Jean March 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Jane I do understand your statement and applaud you for stating your reason as to why your for it. Thank you.
Lynda J. Jean March 05, 2013 at 04:06 PM
@ Jane, I appreciate your calling me out on how I am opposed to it, however, It would not be a Tax Deductible for our business. Our business would be taxed under the Business Tax and my property taxes would rise also. The tax may not be alot but it is still a tax service that doesn't benefit our small business and some of the other small businesses in Montville if they are also a resident. Thanks for your conversation on this matter Jane.
Mark Rafferty March 05, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I for one DO NOT want the Curbside pick-up !!!!!! I am fine with paying my fee for the transfer Station and seeing everyone down there. These people at the transfer Station would lose their jobs, and we the tax paying citizens would be limited to one day a week for Household garbage. What happens in bad weather when you day is missed ??? Snow or ice storms would surely wreck the schedule. Right now we can go to the Transfer Station 1,2,3,4,5 days a week. And ad for the FEE for the Curbside pick-up, how long will it be before it skyrockets like our taxes ??? AND, whats next ??? We will have to purchase BAGS from that company just like other towns have ??? Only trash in their bags will be collected. Curbside Pick-up presents a whole bunch of issues, knocked over trashcans with Garbage all over the Neighborhood. Trashmen DESTROYING the trashcans, kicking them, throwing then down the driveways. OH, say it isn't so !!! IF the town is looking for ways to SAVE US, THE TAX PAYING CITIZENS, SOME MONEY, THEN DO AWAY WITH THE CURBSIDE RECYCLES PICK-UP. Come on now,if you can bring one garbage can to the transfer station, why not two ??? As for Dana McFee ??? This foul speaking , immature person has NO place in PUBLIC office treating the tax paying Citizens like he does. After his comments he should be REMOVED from the Council.
Dana McFee March 05, 2013 at 08:40 PM
HEY Flo , you want to get personal? remember the BOAT?
Thomas March 05, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Where did she get personal? Again, you are acting like a child. You know that people actually read this right? Just some advice....Put out some accurate numbers and stick with them. Write up your proposal with facts and stick with them. Treat others with respect and see how nice a debate can be. You can't keep touting it will save people more than $200 a year when those are a minority compared to those who have to pay more. I know numbers and I am looking at more than an increase of $80.00 a year. I would think that since we have to cut School Funding every year by a million or so that increasing taxes for trash is foolhardy. I will always support Education and deal with taking my trash to the station. Your priorities are a little out of whack. Grow up and take your personal attacks somewhere else. You are not being very professional at all.


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