A perpetual dumping problem at Holland Town Park has its committee chairman calling for a carry in-carry out policy at the park on Legion Drive.
"A dumpster at the park had been really abused. There have been toilets and shower stalls thrown in there," James Joyce, board member and town park chairman, said. "The county parks are all carry in-carry out."
The problem was magnified recently when the town's disposal company, NEI, refused to pick up the garbage at the park while road repair work was under way. Joyce said the garbage truck got stuck once, returned in subsequent weeks but didn't pick up the dumpster until the road work was done, some five weeks later.
Other Town Board members added to a litany of complaints against the waste management company that they said they either experienced firsthand or heard about.
Councilman Gerald Husman heard complaints from members of his Beautification Committee concerning poor handling of recyclables. Councilman Geoffrey Hack concurred.
"The first bin gets recycled, and the second one always gets thrown in the back, because the truck's already moved past the guy," Hack said.
Supervisor Gordon Hessel Jr. said the garbage company recently underwent a management change. He plans to meet with the new staff before year end.
In other news, a local landowner's request to remove a small hill from his 108-acre property drew fire from his neighbors on Warner Gulf Road.
Christopher Pfiel Sr., who was represented by his son Scott, wants to excavate the hill, which he says poses a safety hazard to the ATV riders who frequent the area. Pfiel wants to move the dirt to a site in Sardinia where he's building a new home.
Neighbors claim the excavation is already under way Friday nights through Sunday. They are concerned about the condition of their roadway, a private easement, following the repeated trips of a backhoe and dump truck.
Hessel told Pfiel a special use permit is required for fill removal. He suggested that the state Department of Environmental Conservation be contacted and the zoning laws for mining in Holland be consulted before Pfeil returns to the board.