October 21, 2021

Homer delays taking over trash pickup

The village of Homer will delay another year on taking on garbage collection for its residents.

“We are going to hold off for another season and continue to research and plan so that if or when we do decide to begin, we are already past the learning curve and can ensure our residents face no disruption in their service,” said village Mayor Darren “Hal” McCabe. “It was just too much extra to take on during the pandemic.”

In August 2019, the village board of trustees voted to extend a contract with Syracuse Haulers Waste Removal for six years, but the board would have an option to leave the contract each year. If it left, the board would need to notify the company in December. The cost to collect the trash for 2020 to 2021 is $166,757.40.

If the village takes over collection, it would be done by the Department of Public Works, McCabe said, adding he thinks it could save taxpayers $50,000 to $60,000 a year.

However, the village would need to buy a truck, which would cost about $230,000, but would last about 17 years. It also might need to hire an additional employee.

The village has also been talking to Marathon Village Mayor William McGovern about sharing trash services if the village of Homer takes over collection.

“If we can do anything to improve costs, we’re all for that, McGovern said. He said savings may not be seen immediately though — it depends on what equipment the village of Homer decides to buy and how expensive that will be. But years down the line, McGovern said, he believes there will be savings.

The village of Marathon now contracts with Elite Services for about $67,000.

“That’s not the exact number, but it’s in the neighborhood,”McGovern said.