The Fell Twp. Board of Supervisors will be returning an additional $50 to township residents, after raising the garbage rebate from $100 to $150.
During a meeting on Monday night, Feb. 4, Supervisor Joseph Trichilo made a motion to increase the refunded amount by $50. He pointed out that "heating oil and fuel costs have spiked beyond historical levels, placing an additional burden on our residents."
Trichilo said the extra $50 will help ease that burden, and both of his fellow supervisors agreed. Consequently, his motion carried unanimously, with board chairman Ron Cosklo and supervisor Ann Marie Torch joining him in supporting it.
"Everybody's hurting right now," Cosklo related.
He noted that interest in the garbage rebate was the leading subject of recorded telephone messages received by the township in the month leading up to the Feb. 4 meeting.
"This spike in fuel and heating costs is really killing people, especially senior citizens," Cosklo explained.
He told the NEWS that township residents have expressed immense gratitude to the supervisors for the rebate program and — since last Monday night — for the $50 increase as well.
"The support for this from our residents has been tremendous," he offered.
Cosklo said the rebate program was instituted four years ago as a result of a very favorable contract that the supervisors negotiated with its hauler, J.P. Mascaro & Sons.
"We can do this because we probably have the best garbage contract in the country," he noted.
He stated that the township was both equipped and prepared to begin collecting its own garbage when its previous contract expired with Mascaro. That, in turn, resulted in the new contract which enabled the township to return a portion of the money allocated for garbage collection to its residents in the form of the annual rebates.
"Needless to say, it's a very popular program," Cosklo noted. "We're happy to be able to do it every year, and to provide even more help this time around when people really need it."