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Mamaroneck Village Board Cuts Garbage Route, Costs

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Your garbage collection days could change in 2012 after the Board of Trustees cut one village-wide garbage collection route, but it will not change the level of service and will save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, said Assistant Village Manager Dan Sarnoff at the Board of Trustees meeting Monday night.

The board decided to go from six to five routes on the recommendation of a sanitation study performed by Malcolm Pernie. Village employees will work one additional hour per day to maintain service levels.

"Something for the residents to understand is that it will not result in any loss of service," Sarnoff said. "You will still be receiving twice-weekly garbage collection and weekly recycling collection. However, what will change for some residents is the days of your collection."

Residents who currently receive garbage pickup on Mondays and Thursdays may change to Tuesdays and Fridays, and vice versa. The village, Sarnoff said, has mailed out the updated sanitation brochures, which use a color-coded map of the village to indicate days of pickup.

This change will result in both immediate and long-term savings, according to the board, which already abolished a position that had been vacant. Through that one position, the board saved $100,000.

"When we have retirements we'll be able to eliminate those positions through attrition," said Richard Slingerland, village manager, who said such steps will save the village hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

Slingerland thanked the CSEA for working closely with the village to come to the agreement.

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