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Expanded Garbage Pick-Up Questioned at Springfield Township Committee Meeting

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Springfield resident Faith Brancato speaking up about environmental issues Credits: Jeff Rosenberg
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Part of Springfield Township Committee Credits: Jeff Rosenberg
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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Last week’s Township Meeting was meant to be held as a daytime event in honor of Civics Day. Middle School students were going to attend. However, Committee members canceled at the last minute for personal reasons and the meeting/event was called off. After proper notification, a “special” Township Committee meeting was held Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.  This meeting was on a different day and time than the regularly scheduled meetings, thus explaining the likely reason for a bare bones attendance. This rescheduled event was widely unknown.

The highlight of the meeting was when resident Faith Brancato stood up to question the logic behind the expanded garbage pick-up during summer months. It was stated that Alyson Miller, the head of Springfield’s Environmental Commission supports the idea that the township as a whole should be reducing the amount of garbage, not increasing it.

When asked about the origin of the expanded schedule, Mayor Huber answered by saying, “the public came to us.” The resident responded, “the public should not be making those decisions.”  Brancato argued  that the Committee made the decision based on an unscientific survey, rather than using their expertise gathered from informed research. Mayor Huber continued with, ”we’re here to help the people, but we’re also here to listen to the people.” Committewoman Dubois concluded the conversation by indicating  that composting programs, styrofoam recycling programs and environmental education programs are all in the works – yet all in the early stages.

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Committeeman Capodice took a final moment to thank Frankie Sarracino, who, as part of an Eagle Scout project, organized the retiring of old flags event held last week on Flag Day. The “box” for retired flags is behind the Chisholm Center.  “If you have old flags,” Mr. Capodice urged, “dispose of them responsibility.”

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