Selectmen Approve New Transfer Station Permit Rates

Newtown DPW Director Fred Hurley says new paperless procedures and renewable, bar-coded stickers might improve service and shorten waiting lines.

For the first time in 15 years, the Board of Selectmen this week approved new rates for using .

Public Works Director Fred Hurley also outlined other new procedures that he said were moves toward improved, and paperless, record-keeping and faster service at the town facility on Ethan Allen Road.

First Selectman Patricia Llodra said the new rates and procedures will go into effect on July 1.

One big change is that residents won’t need to get a new, color-coded sticker every year. Hurley said instead they would get a renewable car sticker with a bar code on it.

"It will give us better control and in the long run will provide better service," Hurley told the selectmen on Monday.

He said his department is also headed toward ending cash transactions. When all fee payments are done using credit or debit cards, it will make waiting lines at the transfer station shorter and faster, overpayment disputes will be easier to resolve and paperless record-keeping will save the town money.

As of July 1, the cost of a one-year permit will go up from $85 to $90. Residents may purchase a sticker for a second car for $5.

As an incentive for residents to purchase their permits online, the fee will remain $85 for permits purchased that way. The town will mail those permits to the purchasers.

"We really want to get to a no-cash situation down there," Hurley said.

A day pass will go up from $6 to $10. A month pass will go up from $10 to $20. And the cost of disposal of construction and demolition debris will rise from $39 to $75.

What do you think of the new rates?

Truthteller May 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I think the photo is apropos. It says: "You voted us in. Got any money left, 'cause we'll take it!"
Big Family May 09, 2012 at 04:40 PM
It is not just the transfer station it's all the town workers in ALL the town trucks, do we really need to have a town employee sweep the streets in a Town of Newtown sweeper? It would be much more efficient to hire sub-contractors for such work. Let them own and maintain the equipment and let them pay the saleries and benefits. Bids from sub-contractors will control costs much more efficiently than these boards.
Big Family May 09, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Correction, just came off Toddy Hill Rd.and there are TWO town workers in the town's sweeper truck. Money well spent folks.
Celeste May 09, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Morning after the budget failed I saw 3 police officers and 2 police cars on the top of Currituck rd. trying to trap speeders yet they took a million off the top of our education budget???
Glenn May 09, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Got quite a chuckle from these comments... many of you don't realize how good you have it... I spent a few years living in Naugatuck before returning to the area a few years ago... Naugatuck DID have city garbage collection... and if you want to pay taxes double what your paying here... feel free, move there for the city garbage collection. There was no such thing as a "Dump Pass" ... you paid $25, per load if you were fortunate enough to get to the dump when it was open. Thursdays from 7-noon and saturday from 7-2. To my knowledge,Newtown is the only municipality in the area that allows you to take houshold garbage. Most other towns don't have that option, you need to pay a private hauler for weekly pickup. Im happy to pay my $85... Many thanks to The Mrs Llodra and Mr Hurley for doing a great job maintaining and Improving this town service!
Mom May 09, 2012 at 10:30 PM
"And the cost of disposal of construction and demolition debris will rise from $39 to $75." That is a $36 increase, nearly double. Not fair to the small town self employed contractors who can barely make ends meet as it is. Thanks for sticking it to the little guy Newtown. That is absurd.
GRC May 10, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Glenn, Your knowledge is incorrect - I have property in Southbury and Newtown. In Southbury you get a permit at the selectman's office for FREE. Household trash is FREE as well as recyclables. There are set fees for demolition materials, metal, tires etc. http://www.southbury-ct.org/content/992/121/159/4110/4098/default.aspx
Truthteller May 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM
The contractors will pass it on to their customers (you and me). It's called passing the buck and governments are notorious for it. No different here. At least they smile when they.....ahem...you know... stick it to you. The hurricane and snowstorm is so last year. What have you done to/for us, lately??
Big Family May 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Glen no chuckles and no real good feelings of how good we have it, not until I stop seeing the continued waste of money. If you are so happy to spend the money then I'm sure we will see a nice donation from you to the "rainy Day" account to keep our "credit rating" that we apparently need so much. Thanks in advance.
Mike Kelley May 10, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Big Family; Please contact Mr. Hurley or Mrs LLodra. They can detail for you how much money Newtown has saved over the years to do a combination of Town street sweeping vs Contracted street sweeping . It is a matter of public record. Your assumptions are incorrect, which is why they took this step years ago to reduce the cost of street sweeping. As far as dump fees, we have had them for the 28 years I have lived here. I find it much less expensive than payng a Contractor each month; although we have some great local Contractors providing this service. I could be wrong but I cannot remember an increase in over 10 years in the fee.
Mike Kelley May 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
GRC Sir; Compare all the apples to apples and oranges to oranges. This is not "free" in Southbury. Most of this is in Newtown, with a pass. MINIMUM CHARGE $5.00 TIRES Passenger car/LT tires $6.00 Truck tires 18" to 22" (no rim) $10.00 Truck tires 18" to 22" (with rim) $14.00 Truck tires excess 22" $20.00 Tractor tires $25.00 Loader tires $75.00 WHITE METAL Air conditioner $20.00 Dishwasher $10.00 Furnace $20.00 Lawn Mower (push) $10.00 Lawn Mower (rider) $20.00 Refrigerator or Freezer $20.00 Sink $10.00 Stove $20.00 Washing Machine or Dryer $20.00 Water Tank (small) $10.00 Water Tank (large) $20.00 55 gallon drum (must have both ends removed) $6.00 275 gallon drum (must have both ends removed) $20.00 Propane Tank (20 lb) $10.00 DEMOLITION WASTE Per Cubic Yard Light $70.00 Per Cubic Yard Heavy (shingles, sheetrock, masonry, etc) $90.00 Bathtub $20.00 Sleeper Couch $25.00 Couch $20.00 Small Desk $15.00 Large Desk $20.00 Mattress $20.00 Box Spring $10.00 Rugs, Small (10' x 10') $10.00 Rugs, Large (12' x 12') $15.00 Tables or Bureaus $10.00 Toilets $10.00 Upholstered Chair $10.00 Recliner $15.00 Wooden Chair $5.00 Small $10.00 Medium $15.00 Large $20.00
Mom May 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Truthteller... what have we done for you lately?? we have slashed prices, we have raised our kids with a dad who works 7 days a week, we have not had a vacation in 9 years, we pay our taxes and we work our ASSES off. You all expect something for nothing. Walnut cabinets for Ikea prices.... Neither hurricane nor snowstorm made us any money, we suffered in the dark like the rest and still had to work so get your facts straight.
Truthteller May 10, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Still waiting for Ms. Llodra to detail how much money the Economic Development Director makes for us over the years.
Truthteller May 10, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Mom, my comment was "tongue in cheek" and meant to allude to the photo of the BOS smiling as they passed the buck. Contractors will be forced to pass the cost onto the consumer. We all pay and "they", the politicians here in town keep taking our money. Ms. Llodra's efforts during our weather crisis were valiant. But, that was then, and this is now. Now they take our money in tax increases, fee increases, they cut the education side without cutting the town side. Cut, and cut, again, like households must do while weathering the economic storm. I'm with you, okay?
Mike Kelley May 10, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I should have explained better, All the charges above are what Southbury charges for "free" waste dump. Most of the above is free at Newtown for a fee of 85 a year. Newtown provides free recycling pickup at your curb. You don't have to haul it to the transfer station. it is not a "free" ride in Southbury.
Alex Tytler May 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM
What was Pat Llodra doing on the recent China trip??? I read it in the Bee and just about fell down. What, things going so swimmingly here in Newtown that a halfway around the world boondoggle was in order???
Bob Attanasio May 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM
There is no charge. Use another service or bury the trash in your backyard. This $90 (or whatever the fee is) is the best deal in town and I appreciate the guys who are there to open the gates for me at 7am.
Glenn May 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM
OK.... So if these things you see... "continued waste of money"... Do something about it. As a fellow taxpayer I'll be the first to say I'd be happy to find better, more efficient ways to do things... Question, have you approached anybody about these wasted money issues? Gotten involved? Or do you simply complain.
Glenn May 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
GRC, My Bad, i was unaware of Southbury's transfer station policies... But as Mike pointed out above, it has its downfalls as well... My point in general is I think we are getting a pretty fair deal for these services.
GRC May 10, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Mike, I think you must have skimmed the comments as it was not my intertion to compare the services. Glenn stated that to his knowledge most towns do not accept household garbage. I had commented that southbury does allow household garbage and its free however there are additional fees for other materials (see link). If its bagged - its free. Hope that clears things up..... PS What is the advantage of recycling being picked up for those that bring their household garbage to the transfer station?
Rebecca Sahlin May 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I lived in Naugatuck for 11 years and the fees that Newtown charges is nothing compared to there. It was a min $25 a load you could not buy a year pass and they were only open from April - October. Nothing in life if free and you don't have to pay the fee all you have to do is pay someone to come haul your trash. The reason we pay is because it is not in our town taxes.
Alex Tytler May 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
What was Pat Llodra doing on the recent China trip??? I read it in the Bee and just about fell down. What, things going so swimmingly here in Newtown that a halfway around the world boondoggle was in order???
Big Family May 10, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I have been doing something about it, I vote and will vote again on Tuesday. Bringing what I believe to be a concern to light here is not complaining, and gettting a "chuckle" when so many people are trying to make ends meet is at best a poor choice of words.
Sam Mihailoff May 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I am hoping to hear that Pat Llodra used accumulated vacation time to go...otherwise, I hold her to the same level of complaint I've made toward the school administration posse that went for 10 days and collected their salary while on the "business meeting" (Robinson's description, not mine)
Barbara Borst May 10, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I have just looked up the price of the landfill stickers and we have paid $80. for the last 10 years and $5. for an additional car. To go up to $85. doesn't seem like too much to me, Don't purchase the second sticker and you'll still be paying the same price. Barbara
yoda May 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Sam, Pat and JR are two completely different women with completely different intentions for our town.
yoda May 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Barb, Hows Joe doing?
Sam Mihailoff May 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Douglas Brennan May 11, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Do you believe that it is run efficiently? Are we really "working" our resources? Are we providing the proper equipment, systems & people or do we have outdated methods, inefficient processes and less then ideal staffing?


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