WATSONTOWN — After considering a number of options, the Borough Council has decided to give the residents what they want — a way to dispose of their brush. But instead of allowing residents to drop brush off at a designated site, the council decided Monday to provide a pickup system.

The council agreed several months ago to consider opening a drop-off site at the request of a resident, who pointed out that other municipalities provide the service. The members all agreed it was a worthwhile proposal, but after several discussions were unable to come to a decision on where the site would be located, how it would be managed and when it would be open.

Harriet Miller, council president, proposed the idea of the pickup service Monday night.

“Maybe to accommodate the residents, we could consider a curbside pickup once a month. Then the borough crew could pick the debris up during their regular shift and chip it when they have time,” she said. “It would help avoid a lot of headaches and cost.”

Councilman Harry Hefty agreed.

“The workers could pick it up during their normal work day, and we would avoid paying overtime,” he said.

Picking the brush up at curbside also would prohibit residents from abusing a drop-off site by leaving garbage there.

No start date was announced, but Miller asked that the announcement be placed in the municipal newsletter.

Whether Watsontown will spend money to update its sewer treatment plant or opt to join with other municipalities and build a new plant remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure — the council has a lot to think about.

Chip Amer, of Brinjac Engineering, gave the members an update on the progress of the Act 537 plan the firm is working on for the borough. An Act 537 plan is a planning tool the state Department of Environmental Protection requires in order to advance sewer projects.

Amer said it will be at least another six months until the plan is complete, and in the meantime, the borough will be able to consider a variety of options, including upgrading the Watsontown plant or sending sewage to the Milton plant or to the Gregg Township plant.

In other business, the members gave secretary Edie Moser permission to authorize bid specifications for the purchase of a used street sweeper.

The council voted unanimously to switch cell phone plans from Nextel to Verizon. The change will save the borough $85 a month. It will take effect in July.

The members approved a request from Jack Marshall to tar and chip his driveway, which sits on the borough right-of-way. The driveway, on South Main Street, will be fixed up at Marshall’s expense. Marshall, who is a member of the council, abstained from the vote.

n Jerri Brouse is a freelance writer who lives in Lewisburg. E-mail comments to scoop@ptd.net.

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