Enfield council OKs
$480,700 for tipper barrels
By Anne Pallivathuckal
ENFIELD - The Town Council on Monday approved $480,700 for the purchase of tipper barrels for a townwide program that makes the barrels mandatory for trash collection.
The council voted 7-2 for the purchase, with Councilman-at-large David Kiner and District 2 Councilman William "Red" Edgar, both Democrats, voting against the measure.
The funds will be used to purchase about 8,300 tipper barrels, according to a memo from Town Manager Matthew W. Coppler to the council.
Tipper barrels are large, wheeled trashcans that are lifted by a mechanical arm and dumped into a truck.
The program's implementation schedule, which the council agreed upon by consensus last month, calls for tipper barrel collection to begin in July.
It also requires that the town purchase 6,800 96-gallon tipper barrels and 1,500 48-gallon barrels. The larger barrels will cost the town $59 each and smaller barrels will cost $53 each.
Coppler told the council Monday that the town will purchase the barrels through a contract with the city of Bridgeport, which had put the item out to bid.
This way the town will receive the barrels as early as possible, about four weeks after placing the order, to meet the implementation schedule, he said.
Coppler added that the town would sell the barrels to residents at discounted rates, $50 each for the 96-gallon barrels and $45 each for the 48-gallon barrels.
Residents also can purchase their barrels from retail stores, as long as they meet town standards.
The council reached a majority consensus last month requiring residents to pay for their tipper trash barrels, with Republicans in favor of the measure and Democrats opposed at that time.
Kiner said Monday that he voted against the purchase because it would be the first step toward charging families for the barrels. Edgar said today that he voted against the purchase for the same reason.
Democratic Councilwoman-at-large Cynthia Mangini said that although she voted for the purchase, she is still opposed to making residents pay for the barrels.
The council's decision to charge residents for the barrels came despite a recommendation from the Solid Waste Advisory Committee that the town provide the barrels to residents for free since the program is mandatory.