Debate Emerges Over Flanders/Riverside Garbage District

Southampton officials think the idea needs careful consideration.

Members of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton communities are tired of getting dumped on. 

Members of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Civic Association have said in recent months that a garbage district would help clean up the community and put an end to a proliferation of unsightly illegal dumping in their back yards.

But a proposal for a new garbage district in the Riverside and Flanders are has some Southampton Town officials proceeding with caution.

"As a large rental community with an extreme amount of illegal dumping in our hamlets, this would be a win-win for the community and the town," said FRNCA president Brad Bender. "The blight problem that exists from illegal dumping as well as the piling of garbage on private property could be diminished."

Southampton Town officials, though, said the concept needs careful consideration. "It's an idea worthy of discussion, however, we need to further explore the cost implications of forming a district for only one area of the town," said Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi.

Bender said the town would save money on the resources utilized to combat violations in areas including code enforcement, justice court, and the highway department. "This is the number one complaint in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton called in to the town by our residents," he said.

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst declined to comment.

Councilwoman Bridget Fleming said any financial solution "needs to be carefully examined with regard to its impact on taxpayers. I applaud the efforts of the community to look for creative solutions to this difficult issue and I look forward to working with them on it."

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Janice Jay Young July 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
As Vince explained, the group is just exploring the options. We don't need pickup three times a week, which would make it cheaper. After 25 years of hauling and separating my own garbage each week, it's getting old and so am I! Don't forget that we still have to pay more for bulk items and the cost of those pricey green bags, which are not available in any store in Flanders, Northampton or Riverside. My concern is that a garbage truck may not be able to get down the "unimproved" roads in our area. JJ Young FRNCA Member
Lisa Finn July 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Thanks for your comments, everyone. Please feel free to share your thoughts about this concept here.
Walter S July 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM
If this does go through I hope it is inexpensive. My sister lives in N. Shirley, has a home similar in size to my own, small 1100sq ft ranch and she is paying $440 in her taxes per year for garbage pick up and she has to pay it, she has no choice. Garbage pickup is available to anyone here who wants it , I just got a flyer in my mailbox 3 weeks ago for Garbage pickup by a private carter (Norsic?) for $19.99 per month. So it is available here if people are getting tired of going to the Transfer station or having to go to King Kullen to purchase the bags. I do not feel it is right nor do I think this should be forced on people who do not want it. $21 per month is $252 per year and believe me, that is the entry cost, it will go up. $252 is about $160 more than I have been spending per year here for the past 28 years, you can do the math. If not, it is $4500.00 over that period. Again, garbage pick up is available here for anyone who wants it for even less than $21, it is available for $20 per month.
Walter S July 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Janice, See my comment to Vince above.
Ray Kaminek July 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Ray Kaminek The cost difference looks like .25 cents per week more than I am paying now and I get one trash pickup per week. I'm happy with that and the collection people (Go Green) are great to do business with. On the other hand, in my opinion, the collectors in Riverhead said, at a recent FRNCA meeting, that they pickup twice per week, plus they collect "recyclables" and they will also pick up larger items like used furniture, etc... These are important to be conscious about because they affect the environment in which we live. I look foward to monitoring how well the Town of Southmpton and FRNCA interact on the issues on hand. I strongly feel this is worth persuing because it looks lile a positive step toward improving our quality of life. Perhaps "together" we'll excite an even better solution through Brainstorming and Discussion. Ray Kaminek FRNCA Member


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