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Status of recycling program discussed

Published October 10. 2012 05:03PM

To recycle, or not to recycle.

The status of Carbon County's recycling program was discussed during a meeting of the Lower Towamensing Township board of supervisors on Tuesday.

Ed Ziegler, a resident of Washington Township, referenced a previous article that was published in the TIMES NEWS where it was reported that the county was concerned with the future of its recycling program.

It was then noted by township solicitor Jim Nanovic that the program is operated by the Carbon County Department of Solid Waste.

Resident Kay Phillips then asked if there was any way the township could adopt its own recycling program.

Nanovic responded that the township could, but only if the county announces they are going to drop the countywide program.

In July, supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert stated there had been two instances where people took aluminum cans from out of the recycling bins behind the township's municipal building.

Also on Tuesday, supervisors agreed to table a request from Charles Laviolette, president of the Palmerton Area Library board of directors, who asked each member of the board for a $20 donation.

Laviolette told supervisors the library held its second annual Palmerton Library Open last month, which raised $7,704 for the institution.

He said Billy Cyr, President and CEO of Sunny Delight Beverages Company, served as the emcee for the evening. As part of his speech, Cyr challenged the Palmerton Area Library Association, and its supporting municipalities, local businesses, and members of the surrounding communities to raise $2,500 by the end of the year, Laviolette said.

If that task is accomplished, Cyr will make a matching $2,500 donation to the library, Laviolette said.

He said checks may be made to the Palmerton Area Library, and mailed to 402 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, Pa 18071. Cash donations are being accepted at the library.

"Please mention that your donation is for the Billy Cyr challenge," Laviolette said. "A thermometer indicating our progress is on display in the library window."

Supervisor Jesse Mendez, who ran the meeting in the absence of Walbert, told Laviolette that he would rather wait until all three members of the board are present.

In other business, supervisors:

- Agreed, on a 2-0 vote, to award a bid to Interstate Road Management, of Hazleton, Luzerne County, in the amount of $7,326, for 4-inch double yellow waterborne pavement markings.

- Agreed to purchase snow tires in the amount of $475 for the township's yellow Peterbilt truck, and $147 for its red pickup truck, from Snyder Tires, Lehighton. The money will come from the township's liquid fuels account.

- Tabled a request to authorize the township secretary to purchase road crew clothing.

- Adopted a resolution for bituminous materials.

- Granted a garbage exemption to resident Gladys Dotter.

- Announced the township is selling signs on behalf of the Aquashicola Fire Company for reflective address markers at a cost of $15. Orders are due to the township and/or fire company by Oct. 15.

- Announced Trick-or-Treat night would be held in the township from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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