Massena man wants village board to reign in spring cleanup
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:29 pm

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- A village resident called upon the Board of Trustees at their Tuesday night meeting to tighten up spring cleanup regulations.

Donald Lucas, who lives on Richards Street, said the village should require junk pickers to register with the village and that multi-unit apartment dwellings should not be allowed to participate.

"I'm concerned with the abuses I've seen," Lucas said.

He says that he has been awaken in the wee hours of the morning by junk pickers and they should have to comply with the same regulations as contractors.

"If I was a contractor … I can't start till a certain time in the morning and I have to be done by a certain time at night," he said.

Lucas believes the vast majority of those who salvage clean-up refuse come to Massena from out of town and should have to register, pay a fee and display a permit while they salvage.

"There's a lot of money going out the door" by not requiring permits, Lucas said.

He closed his argument by saying multi-unit dwellings should not be allowed to participate in clean-up days. He says that the single unit produces more refuse than a single-family home, but each is paying the same taxes and garbage fees.

"I don't see why the taxpayers should have to subsidize landlords," according to Lucas.