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Weissport turns down bid to become part of recycling program

Published January 23. 2013 05:04PM

Weissport Council has turned down the request to be part of the Carbon County Department of Solid Waste Recycling Program.

"We'd like to see a recycling program," said Mayor Jon Troutman. "We've all grown up with recycling. The problem is that we do not have it in our budget. We can't pay the fees and then pay our taxes too. That is double taxing."

While not officially part of the Carbon County Recycling Program, most of Weissport Council members admitted that they unofficially have often used the Franklin Township or Mahoning Township sites to recycle from their homes.

"The problem is the county waited to long to give notice," said Troutman.

Council president Gene Kershner agreed.

"It's too late, we've already passed the budget. This is no money for this program in our budget this year."

Weissport's share would be $4331 to save the program.

Kershner read from a letter written by Duane Dellecker, director of the program, thanking Advisory Council members for attending a recent meeting of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

The letter noted that only three communities in Carbon County responded by mail and noted that their areas of concern included lack of time to digest the request and payment schedules.

The program is scheduled to end Feb. 28, 2013, if not enough support is generated from local communities.

Only three of the 23 municipalities in Carbon County are mandated to recycle, Palmerton, Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. Six other communities initiated recycling programs, East Penn, Mahoning, Towamensing townships and the boroughs of Summit Hill, Lansford and Bowmanstown.

Kershner also noted that Weissport was notified that the community is eligible to apply of 2013 Community Development Block Grant. Eligible activities include property acquisition for historic restoration, preservation and conservation of open spaces, and/or recreation and development. Funds may also be used by municipal authorities or municipalities for public works, water and sewage development/improvement and the removal of architectural barriers. All projects must have a direct benefit to low and moderate-income residents, elimination of slums and blight and/or elimination of urgent threats to health and safety.

Applications deadline is May 2013.

Council also discussed applying for a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant. Applications will be accepted until April 10. Specific projects include planning and development of parks and recreation facilities, trails development projects, land conservation, youth to nature play areas, community areas, parks and gardens, public river access and state and regional partnerships.

Council also discussed updating the handicapped parking signs ordinance and replacing stop signs that were damaged by motorists. on White Street.

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