village and town of Masséna set dates for spring cleaning | St. Lawrence County
MASSENA — It’s time to clean out those cupboards. The spring cleaning of the village and town of Masséna is underway.
The village spring cleaning will take place from April 25 to May 7, while the city cleaning will take place from May 2 to 31.
Village Public Works Department Superintendent Marty G. Miller said village residents will follow standard procedure of bringing their items to the Massena Transfer Station on Route 420 during the spring cleaning period.
“I spoke with Larry Legault of St. Lawrence County Waste and he felt the last week of April and the first week of May seemed to work,” he told village administrators.
He said that, as in the past, items brought to the transfer station would be weighed on scales so that village officials know the true cost of cleaning.
Non-transferable vouchers will be mailed to DPW customers within two weeks of the start date. These will entitle the voucher holder to two trips within the two-week period. Vouchers will be mailed to landlords, who will be responsible for providing them to their tenants.
“They can go anytime during the two weeks,” Deputy Mayor Matthew J. LeBire said.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
No commercial or resident accounts not serviced by the Village Garbage Collection Program will be permitted.
Items brought to the transfer station must be covered or the owner will be charged a $15 fee.
Normal recycling items such as paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers and glass bottles are not accepted; textiles such as drapes, curtains and clothing; electronic devices such as televisions, radios, computers and monitors; construction debris such as wood, drywall, concrete, asphalt, toilets and sinks; and hazardous materials such as antifreeze, oils, paint thinners and degreasers. Anyone who brings these items will be denied access and will be required to forfeit the voucher.
Textiles in transparent plastic bags are accepted all year round at the transfer station.
Mayor Gregory M. Paquin said anyone who doesn’t have a truck to haul items should be able to find someone willing to help.
“If anyone needs help, I realize some people don’t have trucks, but there are usually plenty of people who are willing to come out and help,” he said.
Administrator Francis J. Carvel asked if the dates would coincide with spring break for the schools. He said a previous spring cleaning was extended because part of the event happened while schools were on hiatus. But Mr. Paquin said that would not be a problem, with spring break ending on April 22.
During the village’s spring cleaning last year, 355 vouchers were used out of the approximately 4,314 that were mailed to residents. There were 1,178 trips to the transfer station during the cleanup period. The total weight for cleaning was 193.02 tons; disposal cost at $120 per tonne tipping fee was $23,162.40; the disposal cost of mattresses and box springs at $8 each was $2,216; incidentals such as postage, envelopes and paper were $2,472; DPW labor was $10,942.82; and DPW equipment was $314.64.
The estimated total cost was $39,110.86 compared to $43,637.15 in 2020.
The village had changed spring cleaning in 2019, eliminating curbside pickup and requiring residents to bring their items directly to the transfer station. Vouchers were mailed to anyone who had an active residential waste account. Commercial accounts or residents not served by the village’s garbage collection program could not participate in spring cleaning.
At last week’s meeting, Massena city council members also approved the town’s spring cleaning dates of May 2-31. Town residents who live outside the village will receive vouchers to use the service. Vouchers must be presented at the transfer station and residents will be directed to the area where they can unload their items.