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Public Hearing Wednesay on Privatizing Naugatuck's Trash Collection

Borough considering transferring garbage and recycling operations to private companies.

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The borough is holding a public hearing Wednesday night on the potential privatization of Naugatuck’s residential trash and recycling collection.

Residents will hear from Public Works Director James Stewart, Recycling Coordinator Sheila Baummer and Borough Attorney Edward Fitzpatrick explaining the various proposals and contractual arrangements for dealing with the borough’s sanitation, municipal solid waste (household garbage) and recycling operations.

The floor will be opened to public comment after the presentations, during which time residents can ask questions and offer their opinions of the proposals.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the Hall of Burgesses in Town Hall.
marjole2 April 30, 2014 at 01:15 PM
So now you want to privatize. Does this mean we have to pay out of our pockets to have our garbage and recycled stuff picked up like Prospect residents do. Yes our taxes should go down, but we will get hit in the pocketbook in other ways, and people will loose there jobs. Peggy Leissle
Don Carten April 30, 2014 at 01:48 PM
As I understand the proposal, no one will loose their jobs. The time spent picking up trash will be spent instead on other tasks within the Department of Public Works. Also, we will not have to individually hire private trash collectors, such as Prospect does. The contract for the entire town will be negotiated by Public Works, the Board of Burgesses and our attorney. In addition we will sell our equipment to the company who will do the pickups. What I don't understand is how this will save the taxpayers any money in the long run. The company who wins the bid will have to maintain the equipment, pay its employees, provide medical and retirement benefits, etc. just as the town does and in addition it will want to make a profit from this service. Trash collection has become one of the most efficient services we provide since we modernized the equipment. Other than the argument that our employees don't like to do it, (don't get me going on that issue) I see no gain from this proposal.
MH April 30, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Is there any spell-check either with editors or in the comments section....???? Privitizing or Privatizing?
James323 April 30, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Only fair competition and excellent service in the private sector can bring some benefits, if the Mafia takes over the Borough then it is better to pay less benefits to the retirees of the local goverment and keep the people as are. Only it depends of how good our local politicians are, period.......................................
Jarhead May 01, 2014 at 07:43 PM
The more money they get the more they spend. Look at your road,s we're does money go from the car tax,s at 44 mill,s

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