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Sugar Notch asks people to step up their recycling

Also, three-quarters of a block grant must be spent on road work, officials say.

SUGAR NOTCH – Borough council wants to get out the word on its recycling program.

Council said Wednesday the recycling bin on Chestnut Street costs the borough $100 monthly with a $75 fee every time it is emptied. If the bin gets emptied three times per month, the $100 base fee can be avoided.

More people recycling will help the borough, the council said.

“Get out and bring up your recyclables,” said Councilman Mario Fiorucci, who has championed the recycling project from the beginning. “Any household containers made of glass, plastic or metal all goes in one bin if you take the caps off; newspaper and boxes can go in the other.”

In other business, borough residents were updated on the status of the borough’s engineering block grants. At last month’s work session, the question was raised of whether the borough could spend more of the grant money on demolition and less on road work.

The grant, for which the borough applied in 2009 and allows for $25,000 to be spent on demolition and another $75,000 to be spent on road construction, cannot be changed retroactively. The money must be spent in the increments indicated in the application, and the full $100,000 must be spent by next October or the borough will lose the money.

The borough is already preparing to be in line for the same grant in 2014.

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