Council To Vote On Axing Glass Recycling

The Jamestown City Council in December voted to eliminate glass as a required recyclable in the city code. P-J photo by Cameron Hurst

The Jamestown City Council is slated to vote on eliminating glass as a required recyclable in the city code.

On Monday, the council will vote on the proposal that was requested by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. Earlier this month, David Leathers, BPU general manager, discussed the proposal during a work session meeting of the council. He said last month the BPU approved a resolution requesting that the council revise sections 160 and 224 of the city code to remove glass from the list of mandatory recyclable materials. The BPU is also asking for a change in the city code to alter the time that customers are scheduled to place solid waste and recyclable materials at the curb. Currently the code states no earlier than 6 p.m., but the proposal would change the time to 4 p.m.

Leathers told the council the BPU has received no complaints from residents about the elimination of glass as a recyclable. He said most people comment that they want more recycling of plastic and cardboard. He said for people still wanting to recycle glass, customers can transport it to the county transfer station in Falconer.

In other business, the council will vote on amending the city charter to establish a chief of police and fire chief. Currently, the city has a chief of police and a deputy fire chief. During 2021 budget deliberations, it was announced this change will not impact the pay of either position.

The council was originally slated to vote on submitting the Community Development Block Grant funding five-year action and annual plans for 2021. However, Crystal Surdyk, city development director, told the council earlier this week that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would like the city to also submit a new citizen participation plan. She said the last time the city submitted a citizen participation plan was 2014.

Surdyk said because of the HUD request, the city now needs to hold a 30-day public comment period for the citizen participating plan. She said city officials also will hold another public hearing on the CDBG plans next month after holding one on Dec. 23 and in September. She added the council is now slated to vote on the CDBG plans next month.

The city is scheduled to receive $1,141,437 in CDBG funding this year. Along with CDBG funding, city officials will also receive $392,004 for the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME).


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