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Board urged to dump garbage collector

Complaints targeting Holland's garbage service have some residents urging the the Town Board to dump the contracted provider.

The gripes against NEI include not recycling, forgotten collections and haphazard placement of empty receptacles.

Supervisor Mike Kasprzyk told the Holland Town Board that a NEI supervisor was sent to observe its crews at work, and service improved slightly in November.

However, last week, homes on North Protection and Savage roads were missed. In response, some residents have suggested the town consider spending more for a different contractor to improve service.

Kasprzyk said switching to a more expensive service should be a last resort, that performance standards are built into the contract and the town should hold NEI to those standards.

"But this has happened before," Councilman Geoffrey Hack said. "We've complained. It gets better for a while, and then things get bad again."

Highway Supervisor Patrick Joyce suggested the town deduct payments to NEI when scheduled collections don't occur. He also reminded the board that Meadow Lane continues to be without street lighting after a garbage truck backed over a light pole. The pole, which is about 40 feet from the nearest driveway, is not the first one that has been hit, Joyce said.

The supervisor said he will contact NEI with the latest round of complaints.

In other matters, a local resident wants to start a farmers' market in the hamlet and is looking for both a suitable location and vendors to join her.

Marjorie Wiedemann said she hopes to run the market on Sunday mornings, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through October.

Both the Holland Middle School and town parking lot would be suitable locations, she said. Using the Alden Farmers' Market as a model, Wiedemann said she hopes to "stay local," attracting both produce farmers and arts and crafts vendors.

The board asked Wiedemann to return next month with more details.

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