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Residents reminded of spring cleanup rules

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MASSENA - Spring is in the air, and in the village of Massena that means garbage is by the roadside.

Code Enforcement Officer Ken McGowan said his department has already received complaints in connection to the annual cleanup from people who felt like garbage was being placed outside too soon.

“The village of Massena’s code office has started to receive numerous complaints about residents putting debris to the curb early,” he said.

According to Mr. McGowan, the village code, which regulates the cleanup, indicates trash is not to be placed outside any sooner than seven days prior to the cleanup.

For residents living north of the Grasse River, where the cleanup will take place from April 28-May 2, that means no garbage should have been placed outside prior to Monday.

Residents living south of the Grasse River should wait until next Monday before placing their garbage outside for pick up.

Following the cleanup, Mr. McGowan said the village code gives residents 48 hours to pick up any remaining debris in front of their homes. Debris remaining outside past this deadline may be cleaned up by village employees at the resident’s expense.

“The village of Massena shall remove debris and assess monetary amount for said removal,” the code states. “Amount shall include, but not be limited to labor, equipment and tip fees.”

Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad asked the residents separate their regular trash from spring cleanup items, as well as metal from other items to be collected.

Mr. Fayad said there is a limit of four tires per residence.

Items that will not be picked up include construction debris including sinks, toilets, siding, shingles, roofing and other building materials and supplies, televisions or computer monitors, cell phones, fluorescent light bulbs, motor oil, batteries, chemicals, aerosol spray cans, driveway sealers, wood preservatives, corrosive liquids and oil-based paints. Propane tanks will only be accepted if their valves have been removed

The town of Massena will also be holding its annual spring cleanup, where residents of the town, who reside outside the village may bring their garbage to the Massena landfill free of charge.

The town’s cleanup will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 1, 2 and 3.

Patrons will be asked to show a photo id or utility bill showing proof of residency outside the village, but inside the town of Massena.

Regular household trash, brush, infectious waste, needles or medications, tires, propane tanks, hazardous or flammable liquids, as well as building materials and construction debris will not be accepted.

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