Friday, July 9, 2010

A Covered Trash Bin Has Been Spotted in Central Square Lynn, MA

UPDATE - Just got off the phone with Commissioner Fink. The 3 compactors were a result of a grant received in the winter of 2009-2010. The reason for the delay in installation was simply manpower. The DPW is stretched very thin so the real focus is on containment of trash and diligence of residents to report when others are using public bins for personal trash (like full trash bags), and call the police and report plate numbers when you see people throw crap out their windows.  He's getting back to me on where the other two are going. One will be placed in front of City Hall, ours is in front of Dunkin Donuts and I'm waiting on the third location. He also expressed appreciation to our Ward 5 Councilor, Brendan Crighton, for his persistance and dedication to getting Central Square and Downtown Lynn cleaned up over the past few months.

We must be on the nice list or something. The downtown has finally been re-added to the priority list. Glad that a few months ago was just some sort of election year turnover nonsense and we're back on to real improvements for the Downtown.  I just finished the walk through with Manny Muchado from the MBCR. What a great guy? The MBCR response has been amazing. We now have all the issues with the garage and platform well documented in Manny's camera. Hopefully now we can put the action plan in place to start really improving the safety, cleanliness, and upkeep of this place.

Now, on to even more exciting news. We've been fighting for covered trash bins for months now. Out in front of Dunkin Donuts has been the major issue of overflowing trash which then would blow all over Central Square. Right outside Dunkin there is now a solar powered trash compactor. Now it's up to us to actually use it. And.... we still have to fight for covers for the rest of the barrels.  But this is a huge first step towards keeping Central Square clean. The guys installing the bin told me that dog poop should NOT go in these as it will begin to smell since they are not emptied as often (compactors). So, dog owners of 7 Central... continue to use the barrell near our front door for the doggie presents.

Three cheers for the DPW and whoever made this happen! I never got a real response from anyone on this so I'm not sure who's responsible?  I know the Brendan Crighton - Ward 5 Councilor, Claire Cavanugh - Mayor's Chief of Staff both applied pressure, but the real credit has to go to the man who's department got it done. Thank you to D.P.W. Commissioner, Jay Fink.

Now where are our lids for the other barrels? Where did the two other compactors go on that truck? I have these questions in more for Fink as soon as he calls me back. Update to follow!


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