Strasburg likely to renew solid waste contract

STRASBURG — Town council members agreed Monday to renew the town’s trash service contract with American Disposal Services (ADS) for another year.

The town had been under the same contract with ADS as Mount Jackson, New Market and Woodstock since 2014, and those three towns already agreed to renew the contract for an additional year to “see how it plays out,” Town Manager Ryan Spitzer said at the meeting.

According to the results of an online survey that 122 Strasburg residents participated in, 69 percent said that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the trash service that ADS provides. A smaller majority, around 59 percent, said they were satisfied or very satisfied with ADS’ recycling services.

Some expressed their grievances in the comments  area of the survey, stating that their recycling would be collected in the same truck as the trash. Councilman Seth Newman suggested adding a fine to workers whenever they are caught mixing the two together.

Vice Mayor Scott Terndrup expressed concerns about trash workers’ safety on the roads, noting that there is no law preventing drivers from passing the garbage trucks on the street, and while the workers are rushing their safety is in jeopardy.

“Part of the problem is people – they’re putting these guys at risk by their impatience,” Terndrup said. “We would feel badly if one of these guys gets hit and seriously hurt because somebody can’t wait five seconds.”

Spitzer said that he plans to meet with ADS on Thursday to discuss better ways for the workers to handle recycling, and Mayor Rich Orndorff suggested setting up a meeting with council, Police Chief Tim Sutherly and ADS to discuss safety procedures.

Contact staff writer Briahnna Brown at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or bbrown@nvdaily.com