The future of the Southampton Town leaf and brush pickup program will be the subject of a special forum next week, and the newly-elected superintendent of highways, Alex Gregor, hopes changes could save his department money.
Gregor told the Noyac Civic Council Tuesday night his department spends well over a million dollars each year to pick up leaves during the spring and fall each year; $354,000 of that is to drop the leaves at the town dump.
He would like to see residents help cut that expense by bagging their own leaves with town-provided bio-degradable paper bags, and encouraging them to either take the leaves to the dump themselves or have a landscaper do it.
The savings in both time and money for his crews would free them up to do other work, such as paving roads and clearing drains.
“East Hampton and Southampton towns are the only towns out here that still allow loose leaves to be picked up,” said Gregor.
The forum will be held at Golf at the Bridge on Saturday, March 27, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.