Featured Letter: Mixed messages on trash pickup in Jamesport

01/24/2013 6:00 AM |
TIM GANNON PHOTO  |  A giant pile of superstorm Sandy debris has sat in front of Sheila Ganetis' Morningside Avenue home in Jamesport for almost two months. Town officials say she'll need to pay to get the junk removed.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A giant pile of superstorm Sandy debris has sat in front of Sheila Ganetis’ Morningside Avenue home in Jamesport for almost two months. Town officials say she’ll need to pay to get the junk removed.

To the editor:

I read in the News-Review an article concerning the debris left over from Hurricane Sandy and the town’s refusal to pick it up from the front of Sheila Ganetis’ property in Jamesport.

Back in October I saw dozens of homes with plastic bags filled with leaves sitting at the side of town roads. I sent an e-mail to the Town Board wondering about this and if the town would be picking them up. A reply indicated that the town would only pick up leaves that were in paper bags, and would not pick up leaves in plastic bags.

This month the town started picking up the last of the debris left over from the hurricane along Peconic Bay Boulevard. This included tree stumps and limbs, lumber and other assorted debris. With this pickup the dozens of plastic bags of leaves, as well as piles of loose leaves, had suddenly disappeared.

I sent another e-mail to the Town Board asking about why the town had now decided to pick up leaves in plastic bags, and in response Town Board member Giglio replied: “The decision to pick up those leaves is the sole discretion of the highway superintendent.”

So I now have to wonder why in certain areas of Jamesport everything is being picked up regardless of what was stated previously, while in other areas town officials are saying it’s not their responsibility?

Thomas W. Smith,

JAMESPORT

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