Franklin supervisors hesitate before signing county recycling contract
Franklin Township held its first township meeting of the year on Monday, still with only two supervisors, but making plans to bring Bryron Long on board.
Long was appointed as supervisor for a one-year term at the reorganizational meeting, but will not be seated until February until he completes paperwork and takes his oath of office.
As the first order of business, township secretary Sandra Gaumer noted that there will be no change in garbage collection pick up for Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, because it is not a holiday for township employees.
Under unfinished business, the board approved a junkyard permit for Scott Levin of Louis Levine and Sons. Levin noted that the business is under a real estate contract to be sold in the near future. The new owners intent on maintaining the junk yard on the approximately four acre parcel in Union Hill.
The board also tabled making a decision about a request from the Carbon County Department of Solid Waste. The letter had explained that the Carbon County recycling program is experiencing financial difficulties due to diminished grant funding, low commodity prices and aging equipment. The County has been funding the costs for over $100,000 a year.
The letter stated that the County can no longer justify the expenditure of County funds to support a service that does not directly benefit them.
The letter noted that on Nov. 9, 2012, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee provided information that the total savings to municipalities was over $360,000 a year by keeping recyclable material out of the waste stream.
The letter also noted that when recycling is eliminated, the added material in the waste stream and cost of collection will affect what residents pay for garbage.
The letter also notified that the Solid Waste Department will terminate Feb. 28, 2013 unless municipalities will support the program.
Franklin Township's requested contribution is $21,106.34 or $4.95 a person per year or 41 cents a person per month.
Chairman Rod Green said that the board is tabling the decision.
"We're looking into other alternatives," said Green. "Franklin Township supports recycling, but we're looking into other options."
Green said, "We're concerned that the $21,000 will rise. What about tomorrow or next year. It will affect our budget drastically."
The board also approved the sale of property in the repository for unsold properties. The vacant lot with a trailer on Elm Street has a bid price of $1,002.
The board also voted to add Blue Mountain Health System outpatient rehab sites to Franklin Township's Workers' Compensation Insurance Panel of Doctors.
The board adopted a resolution to include an escalator clause for use with bituminous material and petroleum product purchase contracts.
The board voted to advertise bides for diesel fuel, heating oil and gasoline to be opened at the Feb. 19 meeting.
The board also approved the 2013 activity list for Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.