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City Hallways (July 27) Sticking with weekly recycling pick-up

The every  week, or every other  debate

Lots of talk yesterday about  a new city recycling contract.

The question was whether to stick with once-a-week pick-up, or save up to $3.5 million over the life of the five-year contract by switching  to every other week pick-up.

Allied Waste Services argued for alternate week pick-ups. The city would save money, and could expect to pick up as much recycling as it now does.

But Council members agreed with the city's Public Works Department that reducing pick-ups could jeopardize the city's ongoing attempt to increase residential participation in recycling.

So the city is keeping weekly pick-up for the next  five years, with Modern Recycling getting the $2.8 million annual contract - about $700,000 more annually than Allied would  charge  for every other week pick-up.

Allen St.  Hardware  update

A vote on the Allen St. Hardware dance permit probably won't be held until September.

Before  that  happens, says Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk, he'll be taking a tour of the building, where construction work  is ongoing as part of the new dance floor plan, the councilman said.

Philly Files

Check out Bob and Jerry's DNC coverage from Philadelphia. Mayor Brown's in photo of this story.

In today's Buffalo News and  buffalonews.com,  I have story on higher parking violation fines, and another on city sidewalks.

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