Village focuses on solid waste

T he Village Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing at their next scheduled board meeting to discuss a proposed local law regarding the storage and disposal of solid waste within the village.

The board has been working toward toughening laws on solid waste after Garry Bennett said some of the current laws don’t go far enough.

Village trustee Ken Bartholomew has drafted a law that spells out what constitutes solid waste, how it should be store and the proper ways to dispose of it.

Residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on the law at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Some of the preliminary provisions include the requirement that all solid waste be place in approved containers with a lid. The waste should also be disposed of in a timely manner so that it does not exceed the capacity of those containers.

There is also a provision regarding where those container can be stored and for how long. The village does not waste or containers to be in the front of residences where it is clearly visible from the road. Nor do they want those containers to sit in the front yard for several days after the waste has been collected.

There is some question as to whether it will be acceptable to store solid waste containers on the side of a home where it may be visible from the road. The board is expected to continue to tweak the law in advance of the public hearing.

The law is part of a continued effort by the village to clean up the community. In recent months the village has begun an effort to compel local residents to bring their properties into compliance with local laws.

They have also cleaned up village property, including the municipal garage where they have removed debris and the police station which has undergone cosmetic renovations including the painting of the walls, floor and ceiling.

By creating new laws the village is hoping to clear up any ambiguities in the current laws so that enforcement can continue in the spring.

Bennett also told the board he had received a complaint from a resident regarding debris and other items being placed on public sidewalks.

He said nothing, whether its toys, rocks or pumpkins should be placed on sidewalks within the village.

In other matters, the village approved a zoning variance to allow a residence on the corner of Poultney and Pauline Streets to operate as an insurance company.

Although the property was in a commercial zone, it was zoned as residential and the owner had requested it be changed to a commercial-residential zone.

The Planning Board had already approved the change and the village board passed it unanimously.

Whitehall Police sergeant Richard LaChapelle said the police department had placed their old cruisers on Auction International and had received bids totaling $2,473 for the three cars.

The board approved the department to accept the bids.

The board also agreed to allow two or three village employees to volunteer their time to help the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company replace the entry ramps to their fire house.

Village equipment will be used to help with the repairs and the volunteers will be covered under the fire company’s insurance policy. No one other than the village employees will be allowed to use the equipment.

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