By JIMMY LAWTON
OGDENSBURG – A public report to city council says Ogdensburg’s new brush pickup policy will save taxpayers $40,200.
That’s because Ogdensburg has eliminated its summer pickup, much to the dismay of some residents and at least one councilor.
At a recent meeting Thornhill explained that while there would be no summer brush pickup, residents would be able to drop yard waste off at the city landfill from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
But Deputy Mayor Michael Morley and Ogdensburg resident Doug Loffler were displeased with the cut to city service.
Loffler addressed city council at the most recent meeting. He pointed out that the tax rate was more than $19.00 per $1,000 of assessed property value. He said city residents were already paying for the pickup service with taxes and shouldn’t be charged for pickup in the summer.
Following that discussion, there was a question raised regarding how much the city was actually saving by eliminating summer pickup.
According to the public update, DPW has tracked the manpower associated with brush pickup during the summer for the past three years. According to the report DPW was able to identify a savings of $40,200 in manpower cost by the elimination of the summer weekly service.
“This savings in manpower contributed significantly to the department’s ability to eliminate a full time position in this year’s budget,” the update says.