City offers yard waste program
The City of Lockport approved a residential yard waste collection program to help residents over the summer months. The program will compliment the current refuse and recycling program.
This “pilot” program will allow residents to place yard waste to the curb, with a twice a month pick-up.
City Clerk Richelle Pasceri said they would use this first year to gather information and see who uses the program and how much yard waste is out there.
Several complaints have been made by residents, because of the size of their trash carts. With residents completing yard work and spring cleanup, people do not have room to put the waste in their carts, along with their garbage.
Acceptable items for the collection program will include pruning’s, bush and hedge trimmings, thatch from raking, old flowers and vegetable plants, leaves and mulch.
Unacceptable items are grass, pet waste, landscaping rocks and rubble, plastic, tree stumps, railroad ties, landscape timber and construction stones.
This program is in addition to the fall leaf collection and daily brush collection. Acceptable materials will be collected on the first and third weeks, May through August.
Residents must place yard debris in containers with a total weight less than 40 pounds. No plastic bags will be accepted. Materials must be placed at the street line or curb by 7 a.m. on their normal trash collection day.
In other city news:
• A resolution was passed to authorize the city to go out to bid for a third party online credit card payment service in conjunction with the KVS software upgrade.
The city would like to soon offer residents the option of paying bills and other charges online and/or be able to use a credit card to make a payment.
• A bid for sewer work on Pound Street was approved. Norm Allen, Director of Engineering and Public Works said he has found six homes on Pound Street, which have their sanitary sewer laterals leading to a storm sewer of Eighteen Mile Creek.
The lowest bid was by CF Wolcott General Contraction, Inc. The project will be done at a cost of $53,500 plus a contingency of $5,350. The cost will come out of the city’s sewer fund.
“It’s something we need to do,” said Mayor Michael Tucker.
• The Lockport municipal offices will be closed May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. For the entire week of May 28, garbage will be collected on the day following regularly scheduled collection day.