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Smithtown will vote on funding furniture, mattress pickup

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio (March 19, 2013)

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio (March 19, 2013) Credit: Brittany Wait

Mattresses and large furniture would be picked up from curbs in the Town of Smithtown more frequently in the new year if the town board votes at a special meeting Tuesday to award new garbage contracts totaling about $127,000.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said he asked that the price for the pickup of mattresses and furniture be included when the town put out bids for new garbage contracts.

“I requested this because the current method leaves the town messy and unsightly,” Vecchio said in a memo.

Vecchio said that most residents call the town’s parks department for mattress and furniture pickup and are told to put out items at the start of the week.

“The public puts it out and it may not be picked up for a week,” he said in an interview. “It’s offensive to see mattresses waiting on the curb for pickup.”

Three parks department employees using special equipment are required to lift the furniture, he said. Then the material is carried to an incinerator and the town pays for the tonnage, Vecchio said.

The new contracts spread among four different companies could save about $150,000 --  about half of what the town is currently expending, he said in a memo.

“Now, the carter will pay for tonnage,” Vecchio said. “There’s 35,000 homes in Smithtown .?.?. It’s a very cheap price to keep the town neat and clean.”

Under the proposal, carters would collect furniture and mattresses on regular refuse pickup days, which are either Mondays and Thursdays, or Tuesdays and Fridays, depending on the district, Vecchio said.

If approved, the contracts would go into effect Jan. 1 and l remain in place for seven years, Vecchio said, adding that the change will allow parks employees to do other work.

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