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Figures show borough is saving money hauling trash to Hegins

Published May 27. 2011 05:02PM

Several months ago Nesquehoning councilman Michael Sniscak asked council president Mark Stromelo for proof that he found it cheaper to haul garbage to Hegins to dump instead of the Tamaqua Transfer Station. Sniscak said he would have the Tamaqua Station send figures to council. As months went by, council woman Mary Fox said she pursued getting the figures and had them on Wednesday night at the council meeting.

Stromelo read a reply to Sniscak who did not attend the meeting. But councilman Richard Zabroski was there to defend Sniscak's accusations.

The Sanitation Department serves 1,560 household/businesses in Nesquehoning. It is solely funded by itself and not the taxpayers funds or General Fund. The purchase of the borough's trash trucks was for the purpose of saving the taxpayers money and not raise yearly fees. It does provide discounts for paid in full customers by the end of January of each year. It has provided 3.5 jobs for current Nesquehoning people. Money saved by hauling garbage to Hegins is roughly $30,096. At $77 a ton the Tamaqua Transfer Station is charging $128,744, while going to Hegins for a $59 fee is $98,648. These are projected figures for 2011 at 1,672 tons for the year.

Stromelo added that he has been contacted by some area towns to find out if Nesquehoning would want to collect garbage in their towns.

In another rebutal to a recent flyer in the newspaper, Sniscak and party stated that Stromelo ordered a pressure washer on his own and no one knew about it. Stromelo shows searching back in the minutes to April 26, 2006 that the entire council, including then councilman Don DeMarco, voted in favor of the pressure washer. They stated that it was purchased through the street department.

Stromelo said they are wrong about that. As per the minutes it was stated that councilman Stromelo was looking to purchase a steam, hot water pressure washer and received some rough figures of $3,200 to $3,600 of different styles. This would come out of the Sanitation Account.

Councilman Stromelo moved and councilman David Hawk seconded to purchase a pressure washer for up to a maximum of $3,600 by the Sanitation Department to be used on the garbage truck and anywhere else it might be needed. The motion passed unanimously but the purchase was made through another company and council is still trying to recoup their money through the Attorney General's office.

Sniscak also has tried to say that Stromelo and the borough office personnel has tampered with his mail which all have said is untrue.

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