As reported in Blue Stone Press (July 6, 2012):
In other action, the board, acting on information and suggestions from Drabkin, who is board liaison to the town’s Transfer Station, passed motions pertaining to the operation of that facility. The board voted to increase the Transfer Station’s charge for discarded tires from $1.75 to $3.50 per tire. Currently, the town breaks even on each tire, paying $1.75 for pick-up from the Transfer Station.
In addition, the board also agreed to charge $1.75 for each item taken from the Transfer Station “free bin,” with the revenue to be used to improve the physical facility. Drabkin said that the free bin is costing the town approximately $1,000 a year in charges for hauling away items that are not taken from it.
Brian Drabkin, the experienced Town Councilman pictured above during the swearing-in, is bound to make it in the Guinness Book of Records for quickest backpedaling. At its June 28 workshop – “acting on information and suggestions from Drabkin” – Rochester Town Board passed a resolution to charge $1.75 for each item taken from the Transfer Station “free bin.”
One week later, at the July 5 meeting, the resolution was rescinded. Look what people – rallied around a “Keep the free pile free” sign – said during the public comment period:
Pay $1.75 for free items? What nerve you got to take that away from people…
It’s horrible, it’s horrendous and you should be ashamed of yourselves!
It’s an idiotic law, go away with it. And why was cowardly passed at a workshop meeting and not a regular Town Board meeting like this one, when people can comment?
The Transfer Station is the social hub of our town; what you find there and the repurposing of the items becomes a topic of conversation…
You cannot change the character of the town, it’s an absolute necessity to keep that free!
Where in the Webster dictionary “free” is defined as $1.75?
Now we have to pay for free items? Now when we live the most difficult times, now you decided to charge for free items?
Mr. Drabkin, curb your enthusiasm!
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco