(7/20) Ron Terpko, the town’s trash and recycling committee liaison, said
Tuesday he expects to know more on July 24 about when a bulk trash pick-up
could next be scheduled.
The committee had tried to organize a bulk trash pick up during July, but it
cost too much, he said.
A BFI company quote of $3,100 per pick-up for a separate, bulk-trash only
day, not including tipping fees, the cost to the town would have been well over
$6,200 a month for two pick-ups.
To drop off trash at a certain location, the cost would have come to $2,200
per pick-up day. That’s either a $74,400 cost to the town per year for two
monthly bulk trash pick-ups, or $26,400 a year for a once-a-month bulk trash
BFI said it would no longer pick up bulk trash along with other garbage,
He planned to more clearly define what constituted bulk trash, and ask
additional questions of the company during the meeting with them next week. In
addition, Terpko is meeting with another trash collection company, Key
Sanitation, today to shop around for lower prices. BFI does not have a contract
with the town.
Commissioner Bill Blakeslee questioned why the company would no longer pick
up bulk items, when it had been doing it for 10 ten years without such a large
cost attached to it.
Terpko said he thought it might have something to do with having to pick up
just large, bulky items on one day. Other town officials pointed out that the
company had said last month that a separate bulk trash day would make it easier
on the company.
Mayor Martin Burns balked at the idea of defining items that could and could
not be picked up as bulk trash.
‘‘If it fits into a garbage can, you better take it," he said, making an
exception of the stones he had placed in the trash, which the company refused
‘‘If we have to parse out what’s bulk and what’s not, then they can say
‘We’re not taking it because it’s not on the list," Burns continued. ‘‘I don’t
think BFI ought to be the trash police."
Burns added that had talked to Hagerstown code enforcers who would be more
than happy to make a presentation to the town about Thurmont having its own
‘‘Please be patient," Burns said, addressing town residents. ‘‘It really
gets frustrating when people complain. We’re trying to save your tax dollars,
and I think we’re doing a good job...Just allow us to massage this and get it
right. Ask your boy scouts, ask your church, ask a neighbor, ask your friend.
Just help us help you."
Blakeslee said the town had dumped less tonnage at the landfill in the past
year than in 2001, despite the fact that 200 homes had been built since then,
‘‘so recycling does work."
Burns added that he appreciated the job residents were doing on recycling,
which was helping save the town money.
Denied zoning change request has second chance
Thurmont officials unanimously voted against rezoning the Baltzell property
on West Moser Road prior to the completion of the town’s master plan update.
The applicant, Gerald L. Baltzell, will still be able to rezone his .87-acre
property from low- to high-density residential as the master plan update
Frederick County planner Dennis Superczynski said if town officials grant
the zoning change request, Baltzell would be able to build condominiums or