OCEANPORT: The borough council is looking into possibly finding a new garbage disposal service for the community
"We're having major issues with garbage," Councilman Joe Irace said at the June 18 Oceanport Council meeting. "We may have to take a further step because this has become a major issue every week now."
Borough Administrator John Bennett said there have been dozens of complaints from residents about their garbage not getting picked on the scheduled date.
"According to Future (the borough's waste disposal company), they advised us that they had some staffing issues and that there was night where the truck was in town until at least 10 (p.m.) and also there have been multiple roads where the garbage was not picked up on Tuesday and Wednesdsay," We have documented all that and pursuant to the contract, there will be fines."
Bennett said he has been documenting all the complaints since April and that they will be given to the borough attorney if the borough decides to take further action.
"I think the time is now," Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon said. "It's gotten to the point where the exceptions are the norm."
The borough has been using Future Sanitation for the last six years and the contract with the garbage disposal service is good. The council agreed to have Borough Attorney Scott Arnette look through the language of the contract to determine what options are available.
"I'm sure there's something in the contract about non-performance which would not lock us in to any period of time," Councilman John Patti said.
Bennett said the council would have to give Future Sanitation a notice and that the company would be given a certain number of days to take "corrective action."
"My point being is that the corrective action might be for one or two weeks and then the phone calls start again," Patti said. "So, whatever notice we give, I think it should specify that moving forward, we consider (this type of behavior) to be in violation of a contract."