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Elizabethtown Borough Passes New Trash Ordinance

The Elizabethtown Borough Council voted unanimously for an ordinance allowing people to put out two trash containers a week without paying an extra fee, but with no limit for how much trash they may dispose of by buying tags for extra containers.

With the reduction in the materials accepted for recycling, there is more that needs to be thrown in the trash. Elizabethtown previously allowed only one trash container per week without purchasing tags for extra containers. Initially, the borough advertised a proposed ordinance that would have allowed for three containers per week without buying tags, but after hearing public comment, the borough decided to compromise on two containers. Trash cans or trash bags must be no larger than 32 gallons and weigh no more than 30 pounds.

“I know our house will be at least three (containers). … You can still get rid of as much trash as you have; it’s just going to cost you,” Council Vice President J. Neil Ketchum said at the meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The borough will get bids from trash haulers and award a contract, then establish fees for trash collection for 2019.

In other business, the council held a conditional use hearing for a proposed ground-floor dwelling unit at 213 N. Market St., a commercial space most recently used as a barbershop. Applicants Ronald E. Wenger and Ashton K. Wenger proposed dividing it into a 535-square-foot commercial space and a 390-square-foot residential space. After hearing from the applicants, council members deliberated in executive session for less than 10 minutes, then decided to continue the hearing until a later date, telling the applicants that they might be asked to return to give more testimony.

Also, the council accepted the low bid for concrete work in the remainder of 2018. The Vanic Company Inc. of Hellertown had the lowest bid for curbs, sidewalks and miscellaneous concrete work, though it was by far the highest for wheelchair ramps. Borough Manager Roni Ryan said there were no more ramps to be put in for the remainder of this year, so she was not concerned about that part of the bid being much higher.

Council also accepted the high bids of $50,095 for the sale of a 2008 Sterling L8500 dump truck, $430 for a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor police car and $72 for six incandescent barricade lights no longer used by the borough’s public works department because it has switched to solar-powered LED lights.

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