CONWAY SELECTMEN CONSIDERING OPTIONS FOR DUMP STORE

by Christian Mower on March 30, 2012

CONWAY TOWN MANAGER EARL SIRES SAYS CONWAY SELECTMEN ARE CONSIDERING COMMENTS ABOUT THE STORE AT THE TOWN’S TRANSFER STATION AFTER HEARING MORE PEOPLE SPEAK ABOUT IT TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

SIRES SAYS ABOUT A HALF DOZEN PEOPLE SPOKE IN FAVOR OF KEEPING THE SO-CALLED DUMP STORE – WHERE PEOPLE CAN DROP OFF THEIR QUALITY RECYCLABLES THAT CAN THEN BE PICKED UP FREE BY SOMEONE ELSE – AND ONE PERSON SPOKE IN OPPOSITION TO KEEPING THE STORE OPEN.

TUESDAY’S SELECTMEN’S MEETING WAS THE SECOND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD PROVIDED FOR THE ISSUE AND WAS SIMILAR TO THE FIRST ONE IN THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO SPOKE ABOUT THE STORE SUPPORTED KEEPING IT RUNNING.

SIRES SAYS THE ISSUE WAS RAISED LAST FALL BY SOME SELECTMEN THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO USED THE STORE MORE OFTEN THAN OTHERS, RAISING THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER IT WAS REALLY SERVING THE LARGER COMMUNITY.

SIRES SAYS THERE IS NO SET DATE FOR SELECTMEN TO MAKE THEIR DECISION ABOUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE STORE.

COLLEEN CORMACK REPRESENTS THE TOWN OF ALBANY ON THE LOWER MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY SOLID WASTE DISTRICT THAT ALSO INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVES FROM CONWAY AND EATON.

SHE SAYS SHE’S HEARD OF TIMES WHEN A PERSON WOULD JUST WALK UP TO A VEHICLE ARRIVING AT THE DUMP STORE AND TAKE MATERIAL RIGHT OUT OF IT. SHE SAYS SOME PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY AFRAID TO BRING ITEMS TO THE TRANSER STATION BECAUSE OF THAT KIND OF BEHAVIOR.

CORMACK SAYS THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC BRAINSTORMING SESSION MONDAY, APRIL 2 AT 5:30 P.M. AT THE CONWAY CAFÉ ON MAIN STREET. THE IDEA IS TO ADDRESS THE RE-USE PROGRAM AT THE STORE AND SHARE IDEAS FOR SOLUTIONS TO THE ISSUES RAISED ABOUT IT. THE SOLID WASTE DISTRICT DUMP STORE SUB COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER PUBLIC INPUT BEFORE PRESENTING WORKABLE ALTERNATIVES FOR STORE TO CONWAY SELECTMEN LATER THIS SPRING.