Lehigh Valley

Emmaus unhappy with trash hauler

Residents have complained to the borough

EMMAUS, Pa. - Borough Manager Shane Pepe expressed unhappiness with the trash services provided by the city’s hauler, J.P. Mascaro & Sons, saying that he wanted to look into “discussing their future” with the borough at the next Health, Sanitation and Codes Committee meeting, to be held Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m. 

Pepe said at the Emmaus Council Monday meeting that he hoped a representative of the company will attend the Jan. 31 meeting. Pepe said if the borough continues to be dissatisfied with the company’s services, J.P. Mascaro & Sons may lose their $800,000 contract.

Residents and council members have been periodically registering complaints with the hauler’s service since the borough entered into a contract with the company in 2015 for a three-year period ending in December 2017.  Residents complained about collectors mixing garbage and recycling materials, missing recycling pickup on some streets and late service.

Council recently extended the contract until December 2018. The company had been more responsive to the borough’s concerns last year, but resident complaints started to surge again in November.

In other news, Emmaus Council will hold a hearing on an ordinance to rezone a parcel of land between North 10th Street and South Cedar Crest Boulevard at its Feb. 5 meeting.

The legislation would change the zoning ordinance to reclassify the property from a Medium Density Residential District to a Limited Commercial District.

The owner of the property, Cedar Crest Chestnut Development LLP, is proposing a 5,585-square-foot Wawa in the area.

In the personal appeals portion of the meeting, Emmaus resident Craig Smith, of the 1300 block of Arch Street, said that a neighbor has been using a big smoker grill, which periodically causes smoke to enter Smith’s house. Smith asked council if an ordinance existed to deal with the situation.

After noting that the neighbor’s actions may violate the Emmaus burning ordinance, Pepe said the borough will look into the matter.

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