Cumberland Times-News

July 21, 2013

Ordinance lays out regulations for curbside recycling in Mountain City

Council also OKs tax credit application for Preston Memorial Amphitheatre

CHris Ullery
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — Members of the Frostburg City Council approved one new ordinance and one resolution Thursday night during their monthly meeting.

The ordinance lays out specific regulations for the new curbside recycling pickup scheduled to begin sometime in August. The resolution approved a Community Investment Tax Credit application for the Preston Memorial Amphitheater to be constructed at the Parris N. Glendening Recreational Complex.

The recycling program ordinance mostly outlines the responsibilities of licensees to the city. The current licensee, Burgmeier Hauling Inc., will be subject to the new regulations that include providing the necessary collection bins for participating customers, billing residents directly with no assistance from the city, and holding the city harmless from any and all costs or claims of damage arising from curbside recycling services.

The current pickup is scheduled for the first two Fridays of the month and will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Burgmeier Hauling will also coordinate with city solid waste pickup as to avoid traffic congestion.

The first Friday will be for co-mingled materials of Nos. 1 and 2 plastic, aluminum and metal cans, and glass bottles and jars. On the second day of pickup, Burgmeier will collect newspapers, office paper, phone books, magazines and junk mail. The ordinance states that it will be the responsibility of the customer to make sure the recyclables are sorted properly.

The service is voluntary, but Mayor Bob Flanigan and the members of the City Council encouraged all residents to participate in order to reduce the amount of materials going into the landfill.

A $5 fee will be billed quarterly for curbside pickup. Anyone interested in signing up for the service should call Burgmeier Hauling Inc. at 800-491-8975, option 1, or visit the website www.burgmeiers.com.

The resolution in regard to the Preston Memorial Ampitheater, a project headed by the Preston Memorial Fund Committee, will allow the Foundation for Frostburg to take advantage of the Community Investment Tax Credit. This tax credit has leveraged nearly $27 million for around 700 projects in the state. Frostburg has benefited from these tax credits, such as providing for children’s attractions at the community pool nearly seven years ago.

Donations can be made by businesses or individuals to the Foundation for Frostburg. There is a minimum donation of $500 to be eligible for the tax credit. The credit will be for 50 percent of the donation given.

Those who are interested in donating for the Preston Memorial Ampitheater should contact the Foundation for Frostburg at www.foundationforfrostburg.org.

The Frostburg Historic District Commission meeting will be held in the Frostburg Community Library at 4:15 p.m. Aug. 12. The City Council work session will be held the same day at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The next Planning Commission meeting will be Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center on South Water Street and the next monthly City Council meeting will be held Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center.