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Village Waives Some Rules For Storm Debris Pickup

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Yard waste pickup rules have been suspended in the Village of Scarsdale in the wake of the Oct. 29 storm that ripped down trees and tree limbs, blocking streets and driveways and cutting off power to thousands of residents.

According to Village Manager Al Gatta, "We are not expecting everyone to cut and bundle" fallen branches and trees for pickup. Instead, village workers will handle the heavy lifting, he said.

Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser addressed the issue at Tuesday night's board of trustees meeting. "The department of public works is still working to clean up from the storm and thus far has collected 1,200 tons of yard waste, and it is estimated that another 800 tons will be collected by the end of this week," she said. "To date, the total cost of the storm stands at approximately $142,500: $52,520 for debris removal, $42,605 in overtime for the village crews and staff, $20,000 in damage to village property, and $27,375 in equipment and supplies. These clean-up efforts will continue over the next few weeks."

Gatta has estimated that the final cost of the storm could be "hundreds of thousands of dollars" and, he said, that could mean having to shut down some programs and suspended some services as the fiscal year nears its end and budget funds run low.

Flisser asked homeowners to help save the village money and speed the clean-up process by directing their landscapers to haul yard waste directly to the Village Recycling Center at 110 Secor Road. The village, she said, will waive the tipping fee normally charged to landscapers until Friday, Nov. 18. The recycling center is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday to accept storm-related yard waste, loose tree limbs, logs and branches from landscapers.

"Landscapers will be required to report the Scarsdale home or homes from which the yard waste was collected," Flisser added. "Residents should be aware that all yard waste taken directly to and disposed at the recycling center will be accepted by the village without charge. While you may expect to pay a hauling fee to your landscaper, you should not pay a disposal fee during this period. "

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