By Monica Pryts/Staff Writer
SLIPPERY ROCK —
Slippery Rock's solid waste committee has yet to hold its first meeting, but at least one council member feels it's time to bury the hatchet on the bulk trash issue and move on.
"It's upsetting to me. We're all friends in here . . . I think it needs to go back to May," council member Ron Steele said at Tuesday's meeting.
Steele voted last September in favor of the three-year Tri-County Industries contract, which included changing the spring bulk trash pickup date from May to March, which residents, landlords and fellow council member Itzi Meztli have been disputing for months.
Council created the fact-finding committee, which is meant to study a number of trash-related issues including bulk pickup. The members will report their findings back to council.
"If council would step up, we would not have to have this committee," Steele said, adding he doesn't like the ramifications that have come out of changing the spring pickup date.
Maybe council should talk to Tri-County about changing the date and pass that information onto the committee and things will hopefully get settled in a few months; otherwise, council meetings will be the same people making the same complaints, he said.
"People quit already," Steele said of the committee, which started at 15 members.
Meztli, who missed the last two months' meetings due to a family crisis, said he feels the committee wasn't given specific-enough instructions to move forward.
"It looks like the committee is floundering," he said of how the committee's responsibilities are too open-ended.
Council needs to ask Tri-County owner Ed Vogel about changing the date, Meztli said, adding he sent Vogel a letter and didn't hear back.
Meztli made a motion for council to hold a project meeting this Tuesday to further discuss the committee, but it failed to pass by a vote of 1 to 3, with Jerry Heller, Steele and Dave Miller voting against it. Bob Bowser, Royce Lorentz and Christy Tichy were absent.
Later in the meeting, Meztli, who said he's like the black sheep of council and feels no respect at times, presented council with a petition containing more than 750 signatures in support of changing the spring bulk pickup date back to May, after Slippery Rock University graduates.
He questioned when the committee will hold its first meeting, but no one seemed to know whether one has been scheduled. Tichy, council vice president, is head of the committee, and Miller, council president, said he'd check with her.
Published Sept. 7, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.