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Board seeks to end garbage-collection pact

With complaints about garbage services piling up, the Holland Town Board has agreed to seek an end to its contract with NEI, the contracted garbage collector.

Supervisor Michael Kasprzyk said the latest complaints dealt with an increased number of "skips" -- residents who are missed despite neighbors on the same street being collected, officials said. Other complaints include recyclables emptied in with regular garbage and containers carelessly tossed.

The board Wednesday night agreed to ask Town Attorney Ronald Bennett, who was not present at the meeting, to investigate litigation against NEI or pursuing other means of ending the contract, which ends this year.

"This is not the way our agreement with them is supposed to work," Councilman Geoffrey Hack said. "We've been having problems with them for years. Every time we complain, they get back on track for a week or two, and then we're back to where we started."

Kasprzyk said that he placed a call to the new regional manager of NEI and that it was returned but the two had not connected before Wednesday.

In other action, the board unanimously approved a special-use permit for a farmers' market that will operate Sunday mornings from May through October in the Holland town parking lot on Main Street.

Marjorie Wiedemann, organizer of the farmers' market, thanked the board for its support and said she would donate flowers for the parking lot, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations.

Jessica Langford, a town Girl Scout, volunteered to plant the flowers.

Signs for the farmers' market were crafted by the Holland High School wood shop.

Wiedemann said the market would include fresh flowers and produce stands. She said at least one produce supplier has signed on, with more expected as news of the farmers' market spreads.

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