First Selectman’s Corner 12/9/11
First Selectman’s Corner ~ By Matthew Knickerbocker
– December 9, 2011
Hello, everyone. It’s been quite a while since I updated this column, considering the Halloween snowstorm, the ten-day power outage that followed and the weeks and week of ongoing cleanup, so it’s high time for an update.
Brush pickup from the Halloween storm (otherwise known as Winter Storm Alfred) is nearly complete as of today. Our highway department crews have been working seven days a week since the storm ended to get all debris picked up and recorded by the deadline imposed by FEMA. All debris must be picked up by December 15th in order for the town to receive its reimbursement of 75% of all storm cleanup costs. So aside from a short two-day Thanksgiving break, our employees have worked around the clock to get it done. They’ve done a great job, and I thank them for all the time and effort they put in.
Also, the transfer station is still accepting drop off of storm related brush free of charge to Bethel residents. The free drop off ends on December 17th, however; after that date, the normal charges will again apply. Please remember that the transfer station is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7:00am to 3:00pm. It is closed Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.
Beginning Monday, December 12th, our highway crews will resume picking up leaf bags. However, as I announced in the last robo-call, there is no guarantee they will have time to pick up all of them before the next heavy snowfall. So, if you have any means to bring your leaf bags to the town transfer station, you are encouraged to do so. Drop off is still free to Bethel residents.
One final note: I wish to sincerely thank the voters of Bethel for your confidence in your town government and your participation in the electoral process. I congratulate all those who were elected and I thank all those who ran and those who have served. Our community depends upon dedicated volunteers like you who are willing to step up and serve your town.