NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – Over a month after an October snowstorm left trees and branches down throughout New Castle, town administrator Penny Paderewski is reminding residents that if they do not follow the rules, their debris will not be picked up.
Residents must place the debris on the curb, tightly-bundled with twine or placed in a brown leaf bag in order for it to be picked up. Any branches or trees must also be cut four feet or less or may not be more than five inches in diameter. Piles or bundles cannot exceed 60 pounds.
“If it weighs more than 60 pounds, it’s not gonna get picked up,” said Paderewski. “You can’t expect these guys that work for the sanitation company to life more than 60 pounds. I don’t know how we can tell it, short of knocking on every door.”
She also said that by leaving debris in the town’s right-of-way does not mean the town becomes responsible for cleaning it up. “If a tree is in the right-of-way, then that belongs to us and we need to maintain it,” said Paderewski. “If branches came off a tree that’s in the right-of-way, then we’ll take care of it. If they happen to show up in the right-of-way that are not part of the town’s property, and they’re not bundled properly as they’re supposed to be, they’re going to stay in the right-of-way.”
Millwood Task Force member Michael Stern said that he is discouraged with the lack initiative residents have taken cleaning up the debris. He said he recently pulled his car over and spent 20 minutes removing branches that were in the street.
“If citizens in our town would take a little initiative and take a little pride in their own street and stop pointing fingers at everybody and expecting everybody to do the work, we’d have a better town,” said Stern.