Birdsboro council requires trash haulers to dump at Pioneer Crossing Landfill

Birdsboro Borough Council passed an ordinance Sept. 5 requiring trash haulers to dump at Pioneer Crossing Landfill.

Members of the public and local trash haulers turned out for the highly anticipated trash collection debate. Council members and trash haulers have clashed over the topic for about three months.

Before the vote, council member Robert Myers read from a prepared statement.

“As I said at the August 21 meeting of the Birdsboro Borough Council, I find this to be an affront to the free enterprise system, that is one of the pillars of our society. The trash haulers who are doing business in Birdsboro are employing local people, some of whom are residents of the community, and thus are paying taxes here. Haulers patronize commercial businesses of the borough, and they provide high-quality, low cost, essential services to the many, many people who live here,” said Myers. “To avoid any suggestion or appearance that we are entering into a pay-to-play scheme, I oppose borough council efforts to course all trash haulers to dump at Pioneer Crossing Landfill.”

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The ordinance passed with a 4-3 vote. Those opposing were Richard Happel, Neil McCauley, and Myers.

In other business, council members were informed of an arrest, stemming from a residential burglary. Officers Craig Reinhart and Adam Borz were discussed and recognized for their great police efforts.

On Friday, September 1, Chief Theodore received notice that police department will be reimbursed for purchases of two guns and various ammunition totaling $2509.39. The reimbursement is issued by John T. Adams, district attorney, through the Drug Forfeiture Fund. “That was $2500 dollars I intended to ask for in the 2018 budget along with a new car. I realize money is going to be tight. So, that’s $2500 I don’t have to put into the budget,” said Chief Roth.

In addition to the ordinance, council approved the 2018 Animal Rescue League Agreement and included a $1500 donation. The next council meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.