Residents prompt Tay deputy mayor to clarify county bin swap vote

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Two members of Simcoe County council were on the receiving end of concerned emails from residents regarding council's decision on waste bin size swapping.

Earlier this week, the County of Simcoe held a waste management workshop which allowed councillors to vote on an offer to provide area residents alternate cart size options on new automated cart waste bins. The vote was passed 18-to-12 with two absent, in favour of expedited cart exchanges.

Three options for waste cart size exchanges were given to county councillors during the workshop:

Deputy Mayor Gerard LaChapelle provided the clarification to members of the public in attendance during this week's regular meeting of Tay council.

“What occurred was that there were three options; and A and B were similar," LaChapelle said. "The difference between the two was that A was done immediately and B was to allow (some time) to see how it would work out, as far as residents were adapting to the use of the big bins.

“(Tay Mayor Ted Walker) and I did support the opportunity for a smaller bin if it was so chosen by the residents; but what we didn’t agree to was the time period. Because by doing it (after some time had passed) instead of doing it immediately, there’s a cost to that; we felt -- with 10 other council members down there -- that it was best to see what materialized as far as the use.

“I need to clarify that so there is no more misrepresentation of what we as a township were in support of what happened with the bins,” LaChapelle stated, adding that both he and Walker had received emails following the vote from concerned residents.

Walker thanked LaChapelle for bringing up the clarification, adding his own thoughts.

“In fact, I spoke to the matter at the county and said I did not like the way it was coming out; that it was going to end up with Option B not even being looked at,” said Walker. “And sure enough, that’s what happened.”

He further cited that the lengthy county workshop which ran from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. wasn’t fully attended or reported on by the media to provide a full overview.

Information on the solid waste management cart delivery system set to take effect on November 1 can be found on the County of Simcoe website.

Tay council meets for regular council meetings every fourth Wednesday of the month. Further information including council’s agenda can be found on the Tay township website.

Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca

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