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TOWN RECEIVES BIDS ON WASTE PICKUP

Bids came in at a favorable rate, and the Town of Hamburg plans to move ahead with creation of a refuse and garbage district.

Most homeowners will pay $120 a year to have their refuse picked up by a private contractor under a townwide contract. Many pay more than $200 a year now, and town officials said they would not proceed unless there were significant savings.

"I'm very pleased with the number I've seen," Councilman D. Mark Cavalcoli said during a meeting of the board Monday night. "People have asked for help, and we've reached out and given them help."

Bids were opened Monday morning, and NEI Waste Services was the apparent low bidder at $1,576,503 for the first year to collect and dispose of refuse and supply 95-gallon carts and recycling bins. Three other firms submitted bids ranging up to more than $2.7 million.

The town expects to finalize the district and award the contract at its May 23 meeting, subject to a permissive referendum.

A five-year contract will allow for annual cost-of-living increases, not to exceed 5 percent.

Households that qualify as low waste generators, such as single people and "snowbirds" who are away for the winter, can receive a 65-gallon cart and pay $107 to $110 per year.

That will be an increase for some people, who pay as little as $90 with some private contractors because they have "snowbird" discounts, Cavalcoli said.

However, the vast majority of the 14,100 households in the town will save money, he said.

The system is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, and the fee will become part of the property tax bill as a special assessment. It will apply to one-, two- and three-family dwelling units..

Officials emphasized the town is not starting a sanitation department and will not hire any additional employees. Rather, it is creating the district and bidding out the service to save residents money.

The district does not apply to the villages of Hamburg and Blasdell and private developments that have refuse service.

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