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Pound Ridge Trash Study Calls For Independent Parking Commission

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – After studying garbage bins in Scotts Corners, the Pound Ridge Partnership is looking for ways to improve the parking lots in the business district.

The partnership is recommending that an independent parking commission be established to work with the business community in ensuring that town codes are followed, especially when it comes to the garbage receptacles and the trash pickups in those parking areas.

Currently, the town board acts as in a dual role as the town’s parking commission. The study, however, says a new independent commission with representatives from the business community, the town government and civic groups would be more effective.

“We would like to see this tax district governed by its stakeholders, including property owners, business owners and residents as well as representatives from the Pound Ridge Business Association, the Pound Ridge Partnership and the Town Board,” said Dennis Mele, chairman of the partnership’s architectural committee and author of the study.

The creation of an independent parking commission should follow the same model as the Pound Ridge Library District or the Pound Ridge Fire Department, the study said.

Valarie Price, a partnership board member and editor of the study, said business owners would save money if they followed the code on trash receptacles and consolidated trash pickups. That would also result in less disruption from trucks, she said.

“The study recommends that the parking district commissioners work with the business community to follow the town code, which requires that all [trash receptacles] be located within enclosures and that a single carrier be approved to service the area,” Price said.

After receiving complaints from the business community and residents in March, the Pound Ridge Partnership conducted a study of garbage receptacles in the parking district of Scotts Corners. Partnership members said garbage began to pile up beside the bins.

Ali Boak, founder of the Pound Ridge Partnership and a current town board member, said the trash receptacle issue was raised at the group’s first meeting in March 2010.

“The business community and residents alike complained about the unsightly [trash receptacles] littering the parking lots,” she said. “Complaints included [trash receptacles] not being placed in enclosures and being placed in sites where they are highly visible from the main road and sidewalk.”

Complaints were also made about illegal dumping and poorly maintained enclosures, Boak said.

“This report addresses all of these issues,” she said.

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