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Southampton Town Residents May Be Bagging Their Own Leaves

Posted on 18 March 2010

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.

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7 Responses to “Southampton Town Residents May Be Bagging Their Own Leaves”

  1. elliot says:

    It figures. The very first thing that the “new” guy does is try to remove one of the most important services to the homeowner. Bad idea!!!

  2. Art says:

    I should not pay to pick up your leaves any more than I should pay to mow your lawn. You own your propety now take care of it. Gregor please fix the roads!

  3. HBGerry says:

    Gregor is already breaking a promise and never said he was going to do this before getting into office. This is a service which is paid for by taxpayers. If this happens the department must have a head count reduction. Save the million and take a few people off the payroll. That is a decision. Again, government just does not get it.

    Southampton would not save a great deal of money by the brown bag concept. Many would simply not pick up leaves. Why bother?

  4. GENE says:

    These are tough times and I can not qualify leaf removal as an important service that the town should provide. If you can’t clean your own yard get a condo. Many other things are needed more.

  5. Hamptonbum says:

    Art, why not pay for my leaf removal? Ya gona pay for my healthcare.

  6. nellie says:

    We can’t afford to pick up leaves but we can send the SHT Police at Town expense to police the Westhampton Beach Village St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
    Ya, get a condo pal you will still pay for this inept budgeting in your tax bill.

  7. GENE says:

    This is still a great place to live and if picking up leaves is my worst concern I am a very lucky fool!

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