Bolton board seeks grant money, sets spring cleanup

BOLTON LANDING - The town released details this week on its annual Landfill Senior Pickup program.

Scheduled for May 18 and 19, town employees will pick up, with prior arrangement, a variety of household and scrap items left beside roadways.

Seniors need to call Lisa French at 644-2973 to make reservations for pickup.

"This is a perfect opportunity for local seniors to clean out their basements," French said Tuesday.

A free pickup card, detailing the materials which can be picked up or delivered to the landfill in this annual campaign, is available at the Bolton Town Hall.

Seniors are limited to one pickup load for roadside retrieval by town employees.

In this cleanup effort, accepted items include scrap wood and light construction materials, discarded furniture and household items, carpeting, televisions, small amounts of scrap metal, and a maximum of four tires.

No concrete, paint cans, large appliances like refrigerators, household trash or hazardous materials, are accepted.

Material for pickup has to be out by edge of road, and items shouldn't be heavier than the weight one man can pick up. Brush and yard waste needs to be delivered to the landfill in a separate load.

At the recent April Town Board meeting, town board members voted to authorize Delaware Engineering to apply through the state Environmental Facilities Corp. for grant for innovative, energy-saving upgrades to the sewer plant. This application is under the federal Recovery And Reinvestment Act.

Board members said that the grants could total a substantial amount of money, and upgrades to the plant would likely cap or reduce operating costs which are reflected in user fees.

Solar water heaters are among the planned upgrades, and board members discussed how such innovations might qualify the effort as a pilot project for the North Country.

Board member Deanne Rehm suggested that the town government and local property owners sign up for an energy audits through the state Energy, Research and Development Authority. Those of modest income class may be eligible for reimbursement by NYSERDA for home improvement projects that save energy, she said.

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