Tioga County holds public hearing on new recycling law

first_imgFrom a resident’s perspective, Woods also took issue with the idea that getting rid of the recycling tax was a good thing. “They were saying we pay 60 dollars a year, I’d be willing to pay 120 a year just to make sure the recycling is going and being processed and not going to the landfill,” she said. The new law requires garbage hauling companies operating in Tioga County be to take residents’ recycling with their garbage for an additional fee, which would replace the current recycling tax residents find on their bill. Residents will also have the option of bringing their recyclables to a transfer station themselves. “As a garbage company we just pick up garbage we’ve never picked up recycling,” she said. “Now the county is coming out saying in three months we’re going to be obligated to pick up the recycling, so we’ve got a lot of questions,” she said. Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey says the county’s current contract with Taylor Garbage expires at the end of the year. When the county sought bids for a new one, the lowest bid was double what the county is currently paying. Sauerbrey says the county’s concern was that the cost would be passed on to the tax payer. County Sustainability Manager Dr. Ellen Pratt kicked off the meeting with a presentation detailing the bid that was rejected. She said the contract would cost 2.48 Million dollars per year, 1.26 Million dollars more than what the county is paying currently. She argued that would push the county’s property tax rate higher than the state property tax cap. Multiple speakers agreed that if given the choice, they would take the higher recycling tax over having to coordinate pickup with their hauler on their own.center_img Esther Woods owns a garbage hauling company in Nichols. She says her company is not equipped to pick up recycling and isn’t being given enough time or information to plan ahead, if the law goes into effect as scheduled in January. Those in attendance had the opportunity to voice their concerns with many like Doug Barton of Owego arguing that they feared by making recycling the responsibility of the resident, many would choose not to recycle at all. “Some will mix the garbage in with their recyclables at un-monitored drop offs, and some will deposit papers bottles and cans along roadways,” he argued “Tourism’s new motto will be ‘welcome to the litter gateway of the Finger Lakes.” The meeting was held at the Ronald E Dougherty Office Building introducing the new law. OWEGO (WBNG) — Tioga County Residents had the opportunity to voice their concerns about the County’s new recycling law at a public hearing Wednesday. last_img read more

Enyimba in Must-win Decider against Congo’s CARA Brazzaville

first_imgThey will both end on 10 points and the result of the clash between third-placed Williamsville AC and Djoliba in Abidjan may create problem if the Ivorien hosts win, they too will end on 10 points from their present seven.That will mean all three teams finishing the Group C matches on 10 points each, a situation that would require the head-to-head rule to decide the two teams to progress to the quarter finals.Both CARA Brazzaville and Williamsville defeated Enyimba to have the edge.However, Enyimba Coach, Usman Abdallah, has assured Aba fans not to panic as they are not under pressure of any kind going into today’s last group game.Similarly, top star Austin Oladapo reecho his gaffer’s assurance to Nigerians going into this evening decider, insisting that Enyimba will not disappoint in the pursuit of reaching the quarter-final of the CAF Confederation Cup.Having lost 3-0 their first leg in Brazzaville, the midfielder insists that his side is not only keen on earning a passage to the next phase but will also avenge their initial defeat.“We lost to them in Brazzaville and now have the chance to get our own revenge.“Though we are second in the group, we will not leave anything to chances against CARA. They need to win desperately because nobody is sure what the other result will be in Abidjan.“We must get the job done for the sake of all football loving Nigerians. We are aware that a lot depend on this game, so we will go all out to get the maximum points,” concludes Oladapo.In Group B, RSB Berkane and Al Masry have already qualified for the quarter-finals, This evening games of the group are almost dead rubbersRSB Berkane and Al Masry will be battling to finish as Group B leaders as they prepare for their respective matches against UD Songo and Al Hilal.With 10 points, one ahead of second-placed Al Masry, a win for Berkane will assure them of top spot at the end of this last round group matches.Songo is winless in this campaign and have three points, all from draws in their last three matches against Al Masry and Al Hilal twice.In Port Said, Al Masry will also know that victory over Sudanese giants Al Hilal will boost their chances of ending this group campaign at the top.But the Egyptians will have to pray for Berkane to draw or lose to Songo if they are to finish as Group B leaders.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeEnyimba needs an outright win against Congo’s CARA Brazzaville this evening to ensure qualification of the lone Nigerian team in continental campaign this season for the quarter final of the CAF Confederation Cup.Playing in the team’s fortress in Aba for the first time in three years, the People’s Elephant will need a convincing win to avoid crashing out on head-to-head rule of the competition should the visitors hold them to a draw.last_img read more

Spidey ensnares even more bucks

first_imgThe worldwide web spun by “Spider-Man 3” has reached $382 million – a box office opening record that is $7 million higher than originally estimated, according to final figures released by Sony Pictures Entertainment on Monday. That total includes a historic domestic opening of $151 million while revenue from overseas added up to $231 million. In addition to the U.S. record, opening weekend bests were achieved in 28 other countries including Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, Italy, Mexico and Brazil. Directed by Sam Raimi, “Spider-Man 3” is the third film in a blockbuster movie franchise launched in 2002 that stars Tobey Maguire in the title role. “We couldn’t be more overwhelmed or elated by the global reception to this movie,” Sony Pictures Vice Chairman Jeff Blake said in a statement. “`Spider-Man 3′ builds on the first two films and satisfies the extraordinary expectations of fans everywhere. This was truly a massive achievement not only for Sony Pictures, but the film industry as a whole.” The $382 million total shattered the previous record of $303 million set two years ago by the worldwide launch of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” “There have been other movies opening (simultaneously) like `Revenge of the Sith,’ `The Da Vinci Code’ and `Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ but this is on a completely different scale,” said box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers. “Talk about the world getting behind something.” [email protected] (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img