Village Board Approves 2019 Garbage Budget

Officials Hear Presentation from Green Mountain Energy

The Pawling Village Board met on Monday, December 3, for the first of two monthly meetings. The session began with an organizational meeting, followed by a public hearing for the proposed 2019 Garbage Budget and a presentation from a representative from Green Mountain Energy.

During the organizational meeting, village trustees approved a number of appointments for the new year. The Associate Village Justice will be Gayle Zelazny, who will serve a one-year term. The attorney retained by the village will be David E. Daniels, of Daniels, Porco & Lusardi, LLP, and the Village Engineer will be Zarecki & Associates LLC and Joe Burger. Fred Feindel was appointed for a five-year term on the Village Zoning Board of Appeals, and William Foscato will serve a five-year term on the Village Planning Board. Village Board meetings will continue to be held on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Village Hall.

Next, the Board held a public hearing for the proposed 2019 Garbage Budget. Officials proposed an increase to $195 per unit in the village for weekly curbside garbage pickup, bi-monthly recycling collection, and one annual bulk pickup. This fee means a charge of $3.75 each week for garbage pickup for village residents. “We looked at some of the other local communities to see what they’re charging,” said Trustee Dan Peters. “The Village of Brewster charges $290 per unit, the Town of Patterson charges $360, and the Town of Pawling charges $355 to be a member of the Transfer Station. At the end of the day, I think we’re doing a good job. It’s a good service.” The Village Board approved the 2019 Garbage Budget unanimously.

The meeting concluded with a presentation from Scott Weissman, the Hudson Valley Sales Team Leader from Green Mountain Energy. Green Mountain is an energy supply company specializing in pollution-free energy, only using power generated from wind and solar sources. “If you do not, as a citizen and utility customer, exercise your right to choose a supplier, you are assigned one,” explained Weissman. “These are called Independent System Operators (ISO), and they are where every utility customer gets their power unless they specifically say they want another supplier. We are the other supplier.” According to Weissman, most New York ISOs currently supply customers with power generated by, oil, coal, natural gas, and nuclear sources.

Founded in Vermont in 1997, Green Mountain Energy is the oldest and largest provider of renewable energy in the United States. “All of our power is generated by wind and solar,” explained Weissman. “Because of that, the offset in CO2 by using a pollution-free product for a typical family is over 13,000 pounds of CO2 every year. To put that into perspective, that’s the equivalent of going out and planting 1,400 new trees every year.”

Green Mountain currently operates in eight states. In New York, they are responsible for providing clean energy to the Empire State Building, Lincoln Center, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Village of New Paltz. “We would love the prestige of saying that we power the Village of Pawling,” said Weissman. Village officials said they would consider pricing and logistics and will meet with representatives from Green Mountain Energy in the coming months.

The next Village Board meeting will be held on Monday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall, 9 Memorial Ave.