- By Emily Small –
Schoolhouse Beach rocks are no longer the only thing Islanders are concerned about missing from their parks. The Town Board and Parks Committee’s decision not to put public trash cans back in Island parks for the 2021 season has raised some eyebrows.
In fall of 2020, the town board, led by then-chairman Richard Tobey, determined $32,0000 was spent that year on trash removal from town parks. This figure includes labor and vehicle costs as well as dump fees, according to town supervisor Deb Thielke, liaison to the Parks Committee.
The $32,000 figure was removed from the Parks Committee’s 2021 budget and that budget was approved by the electorate in November.
To “zero out costs,” as town committees have been charged with doing, said Thielke, the Parks Committee advised removing cans from the parks for the 2021 season.
The plan has raised concerns for some Islanders, with a petition being circulated at Mann’s store and at the ferry office. The main concern seems to be that littering and illegal dumping will increase.
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