NANTICOKE — The city’s contract with refuse collector J.P. Mascaro and Sons is ending, said city Manager/Finance Director Pamela Heard during a meeting earlier this week.
A committee has been formed to review garbage and waste pickup proposals. The goal is to improve service and lower costs, Heard said. Mascaro has been a very good provider for the city, she added.
She also championed the notion of single-stream recycling as a good idea for residents, as there are more items that can be picked up at any one time.
Three of four contractors have picked up proposal packets, Heard said. The deadline to submit a proposal is Aug. 9. A decision will be announced in September.
In other matters, Union Street resident Don Albertson said his property and others in his neighborhood sustain damage during heavy rains because of a nearby creek. The situation has worsened over the past few years, he said. Initially, the properties sustained damage only during a flood; now they do in heavy rainstorms, Albertson said.
A plumber had to be called three times in one week because of the problem, said resident Loretta Hogan.
Heard responded by saying a grant application had been filed in 2012. If the $250,000 grant is approved, the creek can be dredged. But that would be a “temporary fix,” lasting about 10 to 15 years, she said. The grant approval has not been finalized, but it is “looking positive,” she said.