LANSING | A village trustee said Tuesday he wants the board to reconsider action it took two months ago to alter the procedures by which trash and yard waste is picked up.
Trustee Michael Manno said during the Village Board meeting that he wants a detailed discussion among trustees about the changes being made, saying he now believes the measure was approved too hastily during a special meeting at the end of October.
“We may have voted on this too quickly,” Manno said, adding he’d like to see a reconsideration sometime before the end of 2013. The Village Board is scheduled to meet one more time this year, on Dec. 17.
Manno said he’d like to discuss the changes and the cost to residents in an effort to further inform residents.
Manno’s request for a reconsideration garnered no response from trustees or Village President Norm Abbott during Tuesday's board meeting.
Following the meeting, Abbott said the issue would be the subject of a detailed public discussion – although he said it most likely would come up during a Village Board meeting in January.
Abbott also said he was “surprised” to hear Manno's objections.
“I thought he was 100 percent for this,” Abbott said, adding that Manno had publicly talked in the past of how he had visited surrounding communities to see how they handled trash pickup.
But Manno said the appearance of so many residents with complaints at a meeting last month had caused him to reconsider his support.
Abbott said any future discussion would likely focus on disseminating information about the changes in trash and yard waste pickup procedures so that residents understand what is expected of them, rather than a reconsideration of the policy itself.
“We want to make sure all of our trustees are aware of what is being done so they can better explain it to residents,” Abbott said.
Evidence that such confusion may exist was offered at the meeting by former Lansing Municipal Airport Director Bob Malkas, who said he had traveled around the village in recent days and seen signs that people are not aware of how to deal with yard waste.
Under the new procedures, Homewood Disposal issued Lansing residents three new containers, one each for garbage, recyclable items and yard waste.
Some residents have said the requirements are complicated, and some have objected to having to gather their yard waste in a separate container rather than raking them into piles to be picked up by Public Works Department crews.
The new procedures were implemented in November.