Officials: Trash truck decision coming

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PETERSBURG – A subcommittee formed to make a recommendation on the purchase of new trash trucks will meet in the first week of December, and a vote on the issue is expected after that, officials said last week.

The subcommittee is looking and what type of trash trucks to recommend, a decision that will determine the future of trash pickup in Upper Township.

Committee members have been divided over how to provide trash pickup for months. Deputy Mayor Curtis Corson Jr. has favored purchasing trucks that use mechanical arms to pick up trash cans, which would reduce the crew on each truck from three to one. Mayor Richard Palombo has argued for larger trash trucks, which could be more efficient. Committeeman Tony Inserra has urged committee to purchase two new trucks of the type used now.

The township and union have been in contract talks since last December. The current contract requires three employees to be on each truck. The township is seeking a change so that it has flexibility to reduce the number of employees per truck.

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