Although we just turned the calendar to a new year, possible changes to Berks County recycling for 2013 may impact Hereford.
The Hereford board of supervisors discussed correspondence received from the county recycling authority at their Feb. 22 workshop meeting.
Hereford presently receives recycling services from the county.
Chairman John Membrino reported that the supervisors had received a request from Jane Meeks, executive director of the authority, proposing that the township have one recycling container available full time at the municipal building for township residents rather than one-a-month recycling. The container would be emptied as needed.
Though that may sound like a boon for residents, it could become a nightmare for the township. Membrino noted that maintenance crew supervisor Chris Day had already voiced his concerns about the constant mess that might accompany the more readily available container.
The crew would also lose some storage space.
Membrino was resigned to what seemed like inevitability, however, if the township continues with county recycling. “I don’t know if we really have much choice,” he said.
Supervisor Keith Mase-more said, “I want to think about it.”
The supervisors concluded that it would be discussed at the next meeting, particularly the space constraints and clean up issues.
In other township news, the supervisors accepted the PennDOT three-year mowing contract of $15,432. The township crew will mow the state roads under the terms of the contract. The supervisors noted that the township does not lose money by having the crew do the state mowing.
In parks and recreation committee news, committee chair Pam Dwyer announced that the committee would postpone having an egg hunt until 2013 in order to make sure the information gets into the annual newsletter.
She reported that the committee was looking for potential Eagle Scout projects for the township, and that they had been approached by a local Girl Scout troop that wants to build a bird blind in the township’s Tollgate Park. Bird blinds are used for bird watching and observing other wildlife, and are often erected in parks and wetlands for that purpose.
She noted that the troop may also assist with the committee’s Earth Day activities. Dwyer stated that one of the specific Earth Day projects would be the installation of the new horseshoe pits in the community park, and that Girl Scouts would be of great help with that.