Parrsboro is changing the rules to allow residents to dispose of construction and demolition debris during this year’s spring cleanup being held from May 19 to May 21.
At its meeting last night, Town Council added doors, windows, siding, flooring, lumber, drywall and toilets etc. to the list of items that can be placed at curbside for the annual pickup.
“If you’ve got a water leak in your house and you need to tear the walls apart or you have a little bit of insulation, you need to be able to get rid of it,” said Deputy Mayor Lisa Ward who moved the motion to allow the pickup of construction and demolition debris.
“We’re dealing with unsightly premises and we want people to keep their yards looking prime, the best, and you have to allow the opportunity for them to dispose of this material,” Ward added.
However, there will be certain limitations. The waste must be in a single pile, no larger than eight feet, by four feet, by four feet.
“You can’t tear down a barn and put it out at the curbside,” Ward said. But she added that it’s still a fairly large pile of waste.
“If you’ve got two bathrooms in your household and you need to redo your bathrooms and you’ve got a couple of toilets and you’ve got vanities you need to get rid of, things like that, it’s the opportunity for people to be able to get rid of it and I’m so pleased that this has passed and it’s going to take place,” Ward said.
She pointed out that the town flyer advertising spring cleanup is now outdated and the town will post the revised information on its website and Facebook page.
Council also directed the Town Clerk to find out from other municipalities in Cumberland Co. the number of items they accept for spring cleanup to see whether Parrsboro should expand the number it collects. For example, Parrsboro will not pick up more than one of each large appliance such as refrigerators or stoves and there are similar limitations on furniture and mattresses etc.
Councillor Fancy to step down
Town Clerk Ray Hickey read a brief letter of resignation from Councillor Rob Fancy who did not attend last night’s meeting. The letter said Fancy will resign his seat effective May 29. The letter gave no reason for his resignation.
When asked why Fancy had decided to step down, Hickey said the councillor would be pursuing other interests and that it was a personal choice.
No one on council expressed regrets, but the deputy mayor did say she thought lots of people will probably run in the by-election. Mayor Lois Smith said council will be happy to work with whomever gets elected.
There are 18 months left in Fancy’s term. Under provincial legislation, the vacancy must be filled by Sept. 11.