Roanoke council catches heat over short clean-up hours

The Roanoke Town Council addressed complaints about the briefness of the town’s recent spring clean-up day at its meeting on Tuesday, June 6.

The town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hibbert, reported that dumpsters for the clean-up day on Saturday, June 3, were delivered to town hall by Republic Services in the morning and retrieved by approximately 2 p.m.

In years past, noted Hibbert, the dumpsters had been delivered on Friday and were not picked up until Monday. Hibbert informed council that he had contacted Republic Services and expressed the town’s displeasure over the dumpsters being retrieved so soon, giving residents little time to avail themselves of them.

For the town’s fall clean-up day, Hibbert said that the dumpsters would either be dropped off Friday and picked up on Monday again or that a schedule would be established to ensure the dumpsters’ presence at town hall for a period of time long enough to be useful to residents.

In other business:

In a letter to Councilwoman Joan Abbott, the board’s liaison to the utility department, Assistant Utility Superintendent John Hitzemann announced his retirement, effective July 6. Hitzemann has worked for the town for 31 years.

Hibbert reported that Miller Pipeline would begin installing a new gas main on Commercial Street during the week of Monday, June 12. The process will take 12 to 14 days to complete, he said.

Robert Lijewski requested that water be supplied to Glenwood Cemetery, which he manages. Utility Superintendent Paul Swain stated that a well could be installed at the cemetery and that he would assist Lijewski with that process.

Council hired Blackburn Construction to make repairs to the town hall garage. The repairs, totaling $2,650, will involve fixing the entrance frame of the garage’s left stall, which is disintegrating.

Fire Chief Chad Taylor informed the board that a chassis had been ordered for the town’s new fire truck by Summit Fire Apparatus. He also noted that a vehicle identification number would be generated for the truck soon, which is required before the town can finalize a financing agreement for the vehicle with Bippus State Bank.