Woodstock to implement a business refuse and recycling collection program

WOODSTOCK – Town Council approved a resolution to implement a business refuse and recycling collection program in town.

Councilwoman Jacqueline Lambert said at Tuesday’s meeting that the fee for businesses to use the services is $10.14 per month for businesses that choose to participate in the program.

“This would be for one cart, and any additional carts would be $7.15 each. In order to allow ample time to publicize and get participants signed up, this service would begin July 1 of this year,” she said.

Participants can enroll or un-enroll on a monthly basis.

During the finance committee report, Lambert also said that the $1,800 in snow removal funds that was not used this past winter will be reappropriated for capital improvement projects. One project is replacing the salt spreader and a trench compactor. The cost for these items is $17,000.

Also at the meeting, it was noted that the town received seven proposals for financing the downtown parking lot project. This project will likely begin in early spring of next year, Lambert said.

The parking lot will be located on the east side of the 100 block of South Main Street. The town has negotiated a 30-year lease of property agreement with the current property owners.

Town manager Reid Wodicka added that an architectural firm – Waterstreet Studios of Charlottesville – has been selected for the project.

Councilmember Frank Haun said in his ordinance committee meeting report that the town is considering reducing parking space size as well in order to increase ease of parking within the town.

“We’re looking to promote better parking, more parking. People bringing people to the town center and promoting development led to the proposal to reduce our parking spaces,” he said.

During the visitor comment section, a community member spoke about the need to improve the town’s drinking water and eliminate the chlorine.

Wodicka said the updates to the water treatment plant will decrease the levels of chlorine used to treat the water running through the plant.

Also Tuesday, council approved resolutions for National Autism Awareness Month in April and Arbor Day.

Mayor Jeremy McCleary thanked the special education advisory committee for its efforts to bring this to council’s attention.

“It’s certainly a good thing to continue to raise awareness,” he said. “It seems awareness of that issue has certainly grown over the last several years and research is growing, but the more you can do to add to that and grow awareness of it. I think by now most people have either had their lives impacted in one form or another by it.”

The 11th annual Arbor Day proclamation highlighted how important the tree canopy is to the community.

“I believe it’s 11 years now of being a tree city U.S.A. for the town of Woodstock and it’s certainly something to be proud of,” McCleary said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com