Town Council Postpones Setting Transfer Sticker Fee
The Town Council voted 4-2 Monday to postpone setting the transfer sticker fee until after the New Year.
The Town Council voted 4-2 Monday evening to postpone discussing the Transfer Station sticker fee until Jan. 10.
In opposition were Councilors Michael Buddemeyer and Jim Seveney. Councilor Keith Hamilton was absent.
The vote was held following a more than two hour discussion before the council admitted being at stalmate.
"I don't think the council is prepared to make a decision tonight," Council President Joe Robicheau said.
The council made two prior votes pertaining to the sticker's price, which is currently set at $125.
Councilor James Seveney motioned to keep the transfer station sticker price at $125, but add a fee of $35 to each sticker sale for upkeep and maintenance of the transfer station.
According to Councilor Judi Staven, the transfer station will have a $90,000 deficit this year. The two pits at the transfer station also need to be overhauled, she said, at an estimated cost of $150,000 each.
"Will there be a shortfall if we don't raise it (sticker fee)," asked Seveney. "Yes, $90,000," said Staven.
"Keep adding these costs is like asking children to pay for sports," said Councilor Paul Kesson. "We just keep adding fees. I can tell you, I'm not for this."
The motion failed in a 4-2 vote with Seveney and Councilor Michael Buddemeyer in opposition.
Following this vote, a motion was made to keep the sticker price at $125. The motion failed in a 3-3 tie with Buddemeyer, Seveney and Kesson against.
Transfer stickers will expire at the end of December.
"How do people go to the dump after Jan. 1?" said Seveney. "The same way they did last year, using the old sticker," said Kesson.
The council also voted on the following:
- Motion to have the Recycling Committee conduct a study on how much waste is being recycled on Prudence Island. Motion passed unanimously.
- Motion to restrict the amount of trash bags being brought into the transfer station to only five bags at a time. The motion, made by Staven, failed in a 5-1 vote with Staven in opposition.
- The council requested that Town Administrator Robert Driscoll examine the budget and find cost-savings to fund the transfer station's operating costs. The motion was approved in an unanimous vote.
- Motion to give Driscoll until Jan. 30th to find additional funds in the budget for the transfer station's operation costs. Motion fails 2-3 with Staven and Robicheau in favor.
- Motion to keep the transfer station sticker amount at $125, but remove $90,000 from the fund balance. The motion failed unanimously.
- Motion made by Staven to overhaul one of the transfer station pits this winter at an estimated repair cost of $150,000. Motion fails 5-1 with Staven in favor.