Bulk Trash Fee, Other Ordinances Approved by Council

Other ordinances approved Tuesday night by Lawrence Township Council increase the fees charged for recreation programs and emergency medical services and create new fees for zoning permits.

During their four-hour-plus meeting Tuesday night (Dec. 18), members of Lawrence Township Council approved the four ordinances that were introduced at the Dec. 4 council meeting, including the one creating a user fee for bulk trash pickup. The passage of the bulk trash fee came despite vocal opposition from many township residents.

Also during the meeting, council agreed that the agenda for future meetings should be revised to allow an additional period of public participation toward the end of the meetings – something that has been requested by many township residents since July. Speakers during that second public comment period will be limited to three minutes.

Among the other business that took place at the meeting, the chief of the Slackwood Volunteer Fire Co. made a presentation about why the fire company’s aging snorkel fire truck needs to be replaced, and Township Manager Richard Krawczun provided an update on the deer hunt that the Mercer County Park Commission will be holding soon in Mercer Meadows Park.

A detailed report of the council meeting, with a full audio recording of the meeting, will be posted in the coming days.


Wyatt December 23, 2012 at 06:19 PM
What planet do you come from? Here is a bit of unofficial information. The police department has lost over 10 positions over the past few years. The police department went from around 70 officers to just below 60. Two Lieutenant positions have been lost. a Sergeant position lost. a Captain position lost. a Deputy Chief position lost. There are about another 10 officers who can retire within the next 18 months starting with two in mid 2013. No replacements have been hired to replace these retiring officers as of yet. Four officers transferred to Hamilton and non have been replaced. Add all that up and your upwards of a million dollars in salary, benefits and pension. The officers salaries are average for surrounding towns of similar size and below most of them. The comment about the most reported type of crime being loose change taken from unlocked cars just shows how out of touch you are. The town doesn`t have anymore to cut. Pay your $55 for bulk trash and stop the whining.
grill master December 23, 2012 at 07:44 PM
No, I think you are clueless, Cowboy. Prove what I said is wrong. So we should just keep throwing money at the police and fire departments, right?
Overtaxed December 23, 2012 at 08:19 PM
What kind of a local government is it? Charging for something many people won't use! What kind of nonsense people form such a people-unfriendly and non-effective municipal council? 17% municipal tax increase attempt just a few months ago!!! Don't the council and manager have a hearing problem? Sure they do, as they don't listen to the residents overwhelmingly speaking against any more fees, taxes and all other nonsense coming out of their council meetings. Do they know what a shame is? No, they don't! It is time for all of them to go. The sooner the better!
relo December 24, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Wyatt doesn't want to admit that the reason the police force is being reduced is because we can no longer afford them given their exhorbitant compensation - exceeding $160,000 in salary and benefits for a patrol officer. He makes the lame point that because neighboring towns overpay, we should too. I have a suggestiion - encourage our $100,000 + cops to leave, go to those neighboring towns, so we can hire two $50,000 cops. That will solve the staffing problem. The cops are making out like bandits- pun intended. The question is, does Krawszun have the backbone to stand up to the police union in the current contract negotiations.
VPPD December 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM
what happened to yesterdays trash pickup due to tuesday being a holiday? they can't get the regular trash picked up and now they want to make us pay for bulk.


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