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Trash Talk Again At Homer Village Board Meeting


Trash, and how many totes will be issued led to plenty of discussion involving the board and Mayor at last night’s Homer Village Board meeting. “One or two family dwellings get one set of cans, if you have three or more apartments, you get two sets,” said Mayor Hal McCabe. “You can rent additional cans.”

Extra garbage cans will cost $150 a year, including the pickup, and $70 for the recycling tote. There are limits to how many extras you can rent, and for when you will need to use a dumpster. The plan takes effect April 1st, allowing for time to inform residents.

It’s a community effort. That’s how recognition for having a safe community was received by the Village Board, Mayor Hal McCabe and Police Chief Bob Pitman.

“You put such a focus on community policing. That makes all the difference. I mean I really think that makes all the difference,” said McCabe. Pitman replied, “You know it does. When the community works with you, to resolve the problems, it does.”

Requests from residents were also a focus last night. Trustee Patrick Clune passed along a request from a resident worried about running his snow-blower early in the morning without violating a noise ordinance. “It’s reasonable, for somebody that’s getting ready to go to work, can use their snow-blower at six o’clock in the morning in order to get themselves egress,” said Clune.

The board agreed this type of snow-blowing is a valid exception to noise requirements.

Finally, if you’re looking for a place to play pickleball, the Mayor and board seem to understand. McCabe endorsed the idea, saying “I hear more and more about pickleball, and how popular that’s gotten and I think we might try to find a spot at some point, maybe look for some grant money or something, because I know that that is a really popular sport.”

Consider the request heard.

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